Coral Reef Restoration

Dr. Hanna R. Koch

Dr. Hanna R. Koch

Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Koch joined the Mote team in 2018 as a Visiting Research Scientist with the German Research Foundation to integrate coral sexual propagation into Mote's ongoing coral reef research and restoration framework. In 2020, Dr. Koch became a Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Coral Reef Restoration Program at Mote's Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration in the FL Keys to continue her research on coral sexual propagation, assisted evolution and coral reef restoration.


2016 | PhD Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany

2012 | MSc Biology, California State University, Los Angeles

2008 | BSc Marine Science, Eckerd College


Koch HR, Wagner S, & Becks L (2020) Antagonistic species interaction drives selection for sex in a predator–prey system. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.13658

Koch HR, Blohm-Sievers E, & Liedvogel M (2019) Rapid sex determination of a wild passerine species using loop‐mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP). Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5168

Koch HR, & Becks L (2016) The consequences of facultative sex in a prey adapting to predation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12987.

Koch HR (2016) Evaluating the significance of predator-prey interactions for the evolution and maintenance of sexual reproduction. PhD Thesis. MPI for Evolutionary Biology, Plön. 119pp.

Koch HR, Jeschke A, & Becks L (2015) Use of ddPCR in experimental evolution studies. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12467.

Koch HR, Frickel J, Valiadi M, & Becks L (2014) Why rapid, adaptive evolution matters for community dynamics. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 2:17. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2014.00017.

Awards & Honors

2018-2020 DFG Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

2011-2012 NSF STEM Graduate Teaching Fellowship, IMPACT-LA (Improving Minority Partnerships Across CISE-related Teaching), California State University, Los Angeles