My research focuses on developing intervention and restoration tools for the management of coral reef organisms. This involves multiple approaches and disciplines, including:
Symbiosis establishment, regulation, and manipulation
2017: PhD, James Cook University/AIMS, Australia
2013: MSc (University Medal), James Cook University/AIMS, Australia
2008: BSc (Honours), University of Texas at Austin, USA
Australian Institute of Marine Science (2017 - Present)
2013 - 2016 Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship
As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at AIMS my research focusses on understanding the genomic basis of environmental stress and resilience in corals and their related dinoflagellate symbionts (Symbiodiniaceae).
(1) testing the feasibility of Assisted Gene Flow,
(2) assessing if mass bleaching has impacted coral genetic diversity, symbiosis and corals’ adaptive potential,
(3) investigating the potential for transgenerational shuffling and assisted evolution of symbionts.
The aim is to develop large-scale intervention methods that can be applied to prevent or slow the degradation of coral reefs due to climate change.
Adjunct Research Associate, James Cook University
Reviewer for major international journals
Student Supervision & Teaching
Luke Morris (AIMS@JCU PhD student)
Josephine Nielson (AIMS@JCU PhD student)
Alyx Terrell (JCU Professional Master’s student)
Carys Morgans (JCU Master’s student)
Morris L, Voolstra C, Quigley K, Bourne D, Bay L (2019) Nutrient availability and metabolism affect the stability of coral-Symbiodiniaceae symbioses. Trends in Microbiology (Cover and Special Focus)
Quigley K*, Strader* M, Matz M (2018) Relationship between Acropora millepora juvenile fluorescence and composition of newly established Symbiodinium assemblage. PeerJ 6: e5022 *Shared lead co-author
Quigley K, Bay L, Willis B (2018) Leveraging new knowledge of Symbiodinium community regulation in corals for conservation and reef restoration. Marine Ecology Progress Series 600: 245-253
Quigley K, Torda G, Bay L (2018) The use of juveniles or larvae settled in the field in coral restoration: Symbiodinium acquisition does not differ between coral life stages in the wild. Restoration Ecology 26(3): 422-425
Quigley K, Baker A, Coffroth M, Willis B, van Oppen M (2018) Chapter 6. Bleaching resistance and the role of algal endosymbionts. pp 111-151. In: van Oppen MJH, Lough J (Eds) Coral Bleaching: Patterns, Processes, Causes and Consequences. 2nd Edition. Ecological Studies 233, Springer (356 p)
Quigley K, Warner PA, Willis B (2018) Unexpected mixed-mode transmission and moderate genetic regulation of Symbiodinium communities in a brooding coral. Heredity 121: 524-536
Quigley K, Bay L, Willis B (2017) Temperature and water quality-related patterns in sediment-associated Symbiodinium communities impact symbiont uptake and fitness of juvenile acroporid corals. Frontiers in Marine Science 4: 401
Quigley K, Willis B, Bay L (2017) Heritability of the Symbiodinium community in vertically- and horizontally-transmitting broadcast spawning corals. Scientific Reports 7: 8219
Quigley K, Willis B, Bay L (2016) Maternal effects and Symbiodinium community composition drive differential patterns in juvenile survival in the coral Acropora tenuis. Royal Society Open Science 3(10): 160471.
Quigley K, Davies S, Kenkel C, Willis B, Matz M, Bay L (2014) Deep-sequencing method for quantifying background abundances of Symbiodinium types: exploring the rare Symbiodinium biosphere in reef-building corals. PLoS ONE 9(4): e94297
Bauer K, Abbott J, Quigley K (2010) Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu) in Bastrop County, Texas. The Southwestern Naturalist 55(1):141-142