Participation in the study of Phylogenetics of corals in the Pacific at the Institute of Marine Biology of Hawaii, USA



Key Elements:

  • During my master’s thesis, I researched the taxonomy and evolution of corals, contributing to the morphology and genetics of the Pocillopora coral in the Pacific at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.
  • This genus has a high morphological variability that can lead to species misidentification.
  • I used a combination of morphology, micromorphology, and genetics to understand the taxonomy of this species.


Notable Achievements:

  • Martí-Puig, Patricia; Forsman, Zac H; Haverkort-Yeh, Roxanne D; Knapp, Ingrid SS; Maragós, James E; Toonen, Robert J. Extreme phenotypic polymorphism in the coral genus Pocillopora; The micromorphology corresponds to the mitochondrial groups, while the colony morphology does not. Marine Science Bulletin, Volume 90, Number 1, January 2014, pp. 211-231(21).
  • Martí Puig, P. (2011). Genetics and morphology of the genus Pocillopora between the Hawaiian archipelago and surrounding regions. Master’s Thesis. Ghent University: Ghent. 71 pages



  • Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
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