Kate Quigley


  • The University of Western Australia (M470), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I was born and raised in Spain, moved to the United States to pursue a B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Texas-Austin. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru, I completed an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in marine biology at James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Australia.


I am a molecular ecologist and Senior Research Scientist at Minderoo Foundation. Generally, I use population genomic and coral reproductive biology in conjunction with field, experimental, and modelling methods to understand what makes some corals resistant to heat stress while others are vulnerable.
I moved over to Western Australia after spending 8 years working on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then as a Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. There I investigated the genomic basis of stress tolerance, adaptation, and resilience in corals and their associated symbionts. I also tested the feasibility of large-scale restoration interventions, namely Assisted Gene Flow (AGF), that aims to increase heat tolerance in corals. AGF involves the intentional breeding and translocation of warm-adapted corals and their offspring to fast-track adaptation against future climate warming. As a National Geographic Explorer, I am also working to establish partnerships with Traditional Owner communities along the Great Barrier Reef to build support and social license for AGF through dialogue, engagement, and knowledge sharing. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Marine Biology, PhD, James Cook University (QLD)

External positions

Senior Research Scientist, Minderoo Foundation

Industry keywords

  • Bioinformatics
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Environmental
  • Not for Profit
  • Oceans


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