Kara Rising

Past members

Visitor PhD Student

Research Interests

The focus on my current research is on the seagrass microbiome and how its manipulation can affect seagrass growth, survival, gene expression, metabolite expression, and photosynthetic functioning under baseline and stress conditions. I am also interested in exploring how new seagrass monitoring and restoration programs can establish robust, efficient and accurate methods to assess the health of their local seagrass habitats. 

Selected Publications


  • PhD- University of Derby, UK (in progress)
  • Msc Marine Environmental Management- University of Exeter, UK (2021)
  • BA Psychology- Grove City College, USA (2008)

Professional Profile

  • 2021-2022 Research Technician in Coral Biology, University of Derby, UK
  • 2017-2020 Administrative Manager, SECORE International, USA

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • World Seagrass Association, International Coral Reef Society, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

Research Interests Keywords

Probiotics Marine environment protection Molecular Biology Integrated ecosystem management