Katie Lubarsky

katie_picI am a first year Masters student in the Donahue lab, and I am interested in how human activities affect reef dynamics, and what these changes mean for the future of the reef and for reef management. In 2011, I received a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology from UCLA where I studied the effects of nutrient and herbivory levels on algal defenses. Following graduation, I traveled to coastal Ecuador to study the effects of water quality on freshwater shrimp. Most recently, I spent a year in the Dominican Republic working on a coral gardening project aimed at restoring staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) and katie_workpicseveral other community conservation initiatives. I am co-advised by Dr. Erik Franklin here at UH, and hope to solidify my Masters project in the very near future.








1. Chan, A.Y., K. Lubarsky, K.A. Judy, and P. Fong (2012). Nutrient addition increases consumption rates of tropical algae with different initial palatabilities. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 465: 25-31.

2. Huang, B., K. Lubarsky, T. Teng, and D.T. Blumstein (2011). Take only pictures, leave only… fear? The effects of photography on the West Indian anole Anolis cristatellus. Current Zoology, 57: 77-82.