Steve Doo

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

I am a marine ecophysiologist interested in understanding how organisms interact with their physical and chemical environments. My work generally focuses on testing hypotheses of organismal resistance to climate change through physiological interactions. I aim to achieve this through a aquaria-based manipulative experiments in which seawater conditions are altered to document shifts in organismal physiology, and through in situ observational studies. 

Selected Publications

  • Joppien, M, H Westphal, M Stuhr, SS Doo. 2022. Microplastics alter feeding strategies of a coral reef organism. Limnology and Oceanography Letters. 7:2, 131-139

  • Carpenter, G, T-Y Fan, V Denis, SS Doo. 2021. Effects of thermal history on the responses to thermal stress of a large benthic foraminifera, Calcarina gaudichaudii. Coral Reefs. 40, 1879-1888

  • Cornwall, CE, S Comeau NA Cornder, CT Perry, RV Hooidonk, TM DeCarlo, MS Pratchett, KE Anderson, N Browne, R Carpenter, G Diaz-Pulido JP D’Olivo, SS Doo, J Figueiredo, SAV Fortunato, E Kennedy, CA Lantz, MT McCulloch, M González-Rivero, V Schoepf, SG Smithers, R Lowe. 2021. Global declines in coral reef calcium carbonate production under ocean acidification and warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 118:21, e2015265118.

  • Doo, SS, A Leplastrier, A Graba-Landry, J Harianto, RA Coleman, M Byrne. 2020. Amelioration of ocean acidification and warming effects through physiological buffering of a macroalgae. Ecology and Evolution. 10: 8465-8475.

  • Doo, SS, A Kealoha, A Anderssson, AL Cohen, TL Hicks, ZI Johnson, MH Long, P McElhany, N Mollica, KEF Shamberger, NJ Silbiger, Y Takeshita, DS Busch. 2020. The challenges of detecting and attributing ocean acidification impacts on marine ecosystems. ICES Journal of Marine Science. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsaa094.

  • Edmunds, PJ, SS Doo, RC Carpenter. 2020. Year-long effects of high pCO2 on the community structure of a tropical fore reef assembled in outdoor flumes. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 77: 1055-1065.

  • Doo, SS, PJ Edmunds, RC Carpenter. 2019. Ocean acidification on in situ coral reef metabolism. Scientific Reports 9:12067.

  • Comeau, S, CE Cornwall, TM DeCarlo, SS Doo, RC Carpenter, MT McCulloch. 2019. Resistance to ocean acidification in coral reef taxa is not gained by acclimatization. Nature Climate Change. 9:447-483.

  • Ferrari R, WF Figueira, MS Pratchett, T Boube, A Adam, T Kobelkowsky-Vidrio, SS Doo, TB Atwood, M Byrne. 2017. 3D photogrammetry quantifies growth and external erosion of individual coral colonies and skeletons. Scientific Reports. 7:16737.

  • Doo, SS, S Hamylton, J Finfer, M Byrne. 2017. Spatial and temporal variation in reef-scale carbonate storage of large benthic foraminifera: A case study on One Tree Reef. Coral Reefs. 36: 293-303.

  • Doo, SS, K Fujita, M Byrne, S Uthicke. 2014. The fate of calcifying tropical symbiont-bearing large benthic Foraminifera: Living sands in a changing ocean. Biological Bulletin. 226: 169-186.


  • Ph.D. Marine Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney.
    Funded by the University of Sydney International Scholarship and Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship. Awarded in 2017.

  • M.Sc. Marine Biology. Professional Masters in conjunction with the Three Seas Program. Northeastern University, 2011.

  • B.A.S. Biological Sciences, emphasis on Marine Biology and Music Performance Flute, University of California, Davis 2008.

Professional Profile

  • 2022 - pres: Postdoctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
  • 2021 - 2022: Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • 2019 – 2021: Postdoctoral Fellow, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)
  • 2016 – 2019: Postdoctoral Fellow, California State University, Northridge 


  • June 2021 Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship June 2021
  • June 2020 Young Scientist, 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
  • January 2018 Lizard Island Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation $30,000 AUD over 2 years. Jointly funded with Dr. Chiara Pisapia
  • May 2016 Best Student Talk, 4th Oceans in a High CO2 World Conference, Hobart
  • April 2015-6 Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowship funded by Ian Potter Foundation
  • January 2013-14 Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship, American Australian Association
  • May 2013 Joseph A. Cushman Award for Student Research
  • April 2013 PADI Foundation Research Grant
  • January 2013 Australian Coral Reef Society Student Research Award
  • May 2009 Lerner-Gray Fund for Marine Research
  • May 2009 PADI Foundation Research Grant
  • May 2009 Sigma-Xi Grant in Aid Graduate Research Grant
  • May 2009 Geological Society of America Graduate Research Grant

Research Interests Keywords

Marine ecophysiology Biogeochemistry Global change biology Ocean acidification calcification