Chris Wall
cbwall@hawaii.edu
 
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
46-007 Lilipuna Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 808-236-7455
Fax: 808-236-7443
 
 
 
Research Interests 
 
My research focuses on the effects of elevated temperature and ocean acidification on the coral-Symbiodinium symbiosis and seeks to determine what factors contribute to the resilience or vulnerability of the coral holobiont to these stressors. I am particularly interested in assessing the effects of altered seawater carbonate chemistry on coral metabolism and the translocation of metabolic substrates from alga to coral, and how these processes may be modulated by the genetic diversity of the coral’s resident Symbiodinium. 
 
Education
 
B.Sc in Biology, minor in Chemistry; University of North Texas, 2008
M.Sc in Marine Biology; California State University Northridge, 2012
Ph.D. in Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, in progress
 

Teaching Experience
 
2017 – 2018 Department of Oceanography University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Science of the Sea, Laboratory (OCN 201L)
2013 – 2016 Introduction to Biology Laboratory (BIOL 171L),
Marine Biology Graduate Program core curriculum (MBIO 601),
Advanced Topics in Marine Biology (BIOL 404)

Adjunct Faculty, College of Life Sciences, Santa Monica College, 2013
Teaching assistant, Dept. of Biology University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2013-2014
 

Publications
   
CB Wall, RAB Mason, WR Ellis, R Cunning, RD Gates (2017) Elevated pCO2 affects tissue biomass composition, but not calcification, in a reef coral under two light regimes. Royal Society Open Science 4:170683

Wall CB, Stevens KJ. (2015) Assessing wetland mitigation efforts using standing vegetation and seed bank community structure in neighboring natural and compensatory wetlands. Wetlands Ecology and Management 23:149-166

Edmunds P, Burgess S, Putnam H, Baskett M, Bramanti L, Fabina N, Han X, Lesser M, Wall C, Yost D, Gates R. (2014) Evaluating the causal basis of ecological success within the Scleractinia. Marine Biology 161: 2719-2734.
 
Edmunds PJ, Wall CB. (2014) Evidence that high pCO2 affects protein metabolism in tropical reef corals.Biological Bulletin 227:68-77.
 
Wall CB, Stevens KJ. (2014) Assessing wetland mitigation efforts using standing vegetation and seed bank community structure in neighboring natural and compensatory wetlands. Wetlands Ecology and Management. DOI: 10.1007/s11273-014-9366-2
 
Wall CB, Edmunds PJ. (2014)Ocean acidification has no effect on thermal bleaching in the coralSeriatopora caliendrum. Coral Reefs 33:119-130
 
Wall CB, Edmunds PJ. (2013) In situ effects of low pH and elevated HCO3- on juvenile Porites spp. in Moorea, French Polynesia. Biological Bulletin 225:92-101.
 
Edmunds PJ, Cumbo VR, Wall CB, Fan T-Y. (2013) Brooded coral larvae differ in their response to high temperature and elevated pCO2 depending on the day of release. Marine Biology160:2903-2917.
 
Stevens KJ, Wall CB, Janssen JA (2011) Effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on seedling growth and development of two wetland plants, Bidens frondosa L., and Eclipta prostrata (L.)L., grown under three levels of water availability. Mycorrhiza 21:279-288.
 

Presentations
 
*= Presentation speaker,  † = Invited speaker, § = Poster presentation
 
CB Wall, RD Gates (2017) Patterns of Symbiodinium diversity in the coral Montipora capitata from shallow reefs of the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. 7th Annual Yosemite Symbiosis Workshop. Sierra Nevada Research Institute, Wawona, California

CB Wall, RD Gates (2017) Ecosystem primary productivity as a driver for heterotrophic nutrition in reef corals of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology student scholarship research symposium. Kāne‘ohe, Hawai‘i

CB Wall, R Ritson-Williams, RD Gates (2017) Context-dependent shifts in nutritional modes of thermally stressed and recovered corals. 42nd Albert L. Tester Symposium, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Honolulu, Hawai‘i

CB Wall, R Ritson-Williams, RD Gates (2017) Energetic and isotopic analysis of two species of thermally stressed and recovered corals. Association for the Study of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Honolulu, Hawai‘i

CB Wall, WR Ellis, R Mason, R Cunning, RD Gates (2016) High pCO2 alters the energetics and composition of biomass, but not calcification, in a reef building coral at two light regimes.The 100th Western Society of Naturalists Conference, Monterey, California

CB Wall, WR Ellis, R Mason, R Cunning, RD Gates (2016) Combined effects of pCO2 and irradiance on the energy reserves and calcification of a reef building coral. 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

CB Wall*,  WR Ellis, R Mason, R Cunning, RD Gates (2016) Ocean acidification and irradianc effects on the energy reserves and calcification of the reef coral Pocillopora damicornis. The 41th Albert L. Tester Symposium, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

CB Wall*, PJ Edmunds (2015) Evidence that elevated pCO2 perturbs protein metabolism in two early life stages of a tropical reef coral. The 40th Albert L. Tester Symposium, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

CB Wall*, PJ Edmunds (2014) Elevated pCO2 alters protein metabolism in the early life stage of a tropical reef coral. Western Society of Naturalists Conference, Tacoma, Washington

Wall, CB*, Edmunds PJ. (2014) Elevated-DIC stimulates coral calcification in juvenile Porites spp. exposed to ocean acidification in situ. The 39th Albert L. Tester Symposium, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, (2014).
 
§ Wall CB, Edmunds PJ, and Fan T-Y. (2014).  Ocean acidification does not affect thermal bleaching in the coral Seriatopora caliendrum. Ocean Science Meeting, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
 
§ Wall CB, Edmunds PJ, and Fan T-Y (2013) Elevated pCO2 increases ammonium excretion in the juvenile scleractinian coral Seriatopora caliendrum. Society of Comparative and Integrative Biology Regional Meeting 
 
Wall CB* and Edmunds PJ (2012) In situ effects of low-pH and elevated-DIC on the calcification and respiration of juvenile massive Porites spp. Western Society of Naturalists Conference, Monterrey, California
 
Wall CB*, PJ Edmunds, and Fan T-Y (2012) Ocean acidification does not enhance thermal bleaching in juvenile scleractinian corals. California State University Northridge Graduate Student Research Symposium .
 
Wall CB*, PJ Edmunds, and Fan T-Y (2011) Ocean acidification and increased temperatures do not act additively to cause bleaching in the juvenile scleractinian coral Seriatopora caliendrum. NSF USA-Taiwan Collaborative Research in Coral Biology: California State University Northridge, and Santa Monica College.
 
Wall CB* (2011) Chlorophyll fluorescence and the photophysiology of the algal symbiont Symbiodinium spp. Pulse Amplitude Modulation Fluorometer (PAM) workshop, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Checheng, Taiwan. 
 
Wall CB*, PJ Edmunds, and Fan T-Y (2011) pCO2 does not affect thermal bleaching in juvenile colonies of the coral Seriatopora caliendrum. Western Society of Naturalists Conference, Vancouver, Washington.
 
Wall CB* and Edmunds PJ (2011) Taiwan-USA Bilateral Workshop on Coral Reef Research, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (2011) Elevated pCO2 and coral thermal bleaching: Does ocean acidification affect bleaching severity or recovery?
 
Wall CB* and Edmunds PJ (2011) Elevated pCO2 and temperature stress: Understanding the dynamics of coral bleaching in acidified oceans. Coral Reproduction and Resilience Workshop, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Checheng, Taiwan.
 
§ Wall CB and Edmunds PJ (2011) Effects of elevated pCO2 and temperature on the corals Pocillopora damicornis and P. verrucosa – a proposal for research. California State University Northridge Graduate Student Research Symposium
 
Stevens KJ, Wall CB*, Janssen JA (2010) The role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in modulating wetland community structure. Western Society of Naturalists Conference, San Diego, California
 
Stevens KJ, Wall CB*, Janssen JA (2008) Wetland plants form mycorrhizal association in variable water conditions. Society of Wetland Scientists Southwest Chapter Regional Conference, Birmingham, Alabama.
 

Outreach

2018 Hawaiian Field Studies Program (Lihue, HI), North Lake College, Irving, TX
Coral reefs under ocean warming and acidification
2017 UH Mānoa SOEST Open House: Understanding the Coral Complex
2017 Hanahau‘oli School (Honolulu, HI), kindergarten and 1st grade.
Water is life, but what lives in the water?
2017 Film contributor “PonoH2O” video, Ala Wai restoration initiative
2017 Waikiki Aquarium Science Seminar: Acidic Seas: Understanding the Threat of
Ocean Acidification for Marine Life and Coral Reefs
2017 UH-SOEST high school outreach: Biodiversity within invasive algae mats
2017 UH Isdell Center for Global Leadership, Pace Academy (Atlanta, GA), 12th grade
Topics in coral conservation: ocean acidification
2017 Waikiki Aquarium, HIMB, JABSOM, “The Science of the Sting”
2017 Honolulu Museum of Art School, STEAM with Queen Ka‘ahumanu 1st grade class
2017 Punahou School (Honolulu, HI) “Scientist for a Day” with the Gates Lab at HIMB
2017 Hawaiian Field Studies Program (Lihue, HI), North Lake College, Irving, TX
2016: Career Day guest speaker, Kula Kaiapuni 'O Ānuenue Hawaiian Cultural Immersion Elementary School (Honolulu, HI). Coral research in the Main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
2016: Coppell High School (Coppell, TX), 12th grade, lecture: Introduction to Coral Reefs
2015: Hawaiian Field Studies Program (Lihue, HI), North Lake College, Irving, TX Physiological resilience in reef corals: The role of nutritional flexibility
2015: Generation of open access, digital reefscapes for coral reef education and outreach
2015: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology, Open House community outreach event
2015: Career Day guest speaker, Kula Kaiapuni 'O Ānuenue Hawaiian Cultural Immersion Elementary School (Honolulu, HI)
2014: Hawaiian Field Studies Program (Lihue, HI), North Lake College, Irving, TX Environmental stress and Hawaiʻi’s coral reefs
2014: Kailua Intermediate School, Kailua, HI; 7th grade science fair judge
2014: Mid-Pacific Institute, Honolulu, HI; 8th grade science fair judge
2014: Hanauma Bay Lecture Series
2014: Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology education and outreach volunteer
2014: Fostering careers in science and education; lecture, North Lake College, Irving, TX
2014: Hawaiian Field Studies student education and outreach at HIMB, North Lake College, Irving, TX.
2012: Student education and outreach: global climate change and coral reefs. Sun Valley High School, Sun Valley, CA. 
2012: Mo’orea scientific research and educational outreach workshop, Gump South Pacific Research Station, Mo’orea, French Polynesia
2011: Student education and outreach: overfishing and human impacts on the ocean. Viewpoint School, Calabasas, CA.
2011-2012: Student outreach program, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Checheng, Taiwan
2009-2010: Texas Governor’s School research program for high school students: botany and environmental biology

Mentoring

Undergraduates and post-baccalaureates
2018 Pansa Cecchini, Hawaii Pacific University
2017, 2018 Christian Marin, Hawaii Pacific University
2017 Mario Kaluhiokalani, Humboldt State University
2016 Kelly Wyrick, post-baccalaureate, University of Kentucky
2016 Alexandra Wen, Duke University
2016 Ann Pace, Univ. of California Los Angeles School for Theater, Film, and Television
2015-2016 William Ellis, Undergraduate, Northeastern University

Middle school and high school students
2017 Bethany Lum, 12th grade, ‘Iolani School (Honolulu, HI)
2017 Haley Otto, 7th grade, School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability: SEEQS (Honolulu, HI)
2016 Marco Conati and Ethan Li, 12th grade Minnetonka High School (Minnetonka, MN)
2016 Kaci Muromoto, 7th grade, Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu, HI)
2016 Sami Thomas, 11th grade Coppell High School (Coppell, TX)
2016 Gabbie Owen-Mendonca, 7th grade, School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability: SEEQS (Honolulu, HI)

2015-2016: Gabbie Owen-Mendonca, 7th grade, School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability, Honolulu, HI Project: Chronic effects of sunscreen on coral health
2015: Kennedy Flores, 8th grade Mid-Pacific Institute, Honolulu, HI Project: Symbiodinium diversity among reef patches in Kāne‘ohe Bay, O‘ahu
2015: William Ellis, Undergraduate, Northeastern University, Boston, MA Internship in coral reef science, genetics, ecology and physiology
2015: Dylan Comb, Undergraduate, Northeastern University, Boston, MA Co-mentor: Analyses of coral physiological metrics
2014: Zoe Chan, 8th grade Mid-Pacific Institute, Honolulu, HI Project: Potential for sunscreen to cause coral bleaching in Pocillopora damicornis

Funding Sources
 
   
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR Research Fellowship
Marine Biology Program Student Grant
Col. Willys E. Lord and Sandina L. Lord Endowed Scholarship; UH Mānoa
Arthur & Beatrice Harris Endowment for Graduates Scholarship; UH Mānoa
Edmondson Research Grant; UH Mānoa
Graduate Opportunity Grant; UH Mānoa