Professor Grottoli received her BSc from McGill University (1992), her PhD from the University of Houston (1998) and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California – Irvine (2000). She and her team are focused on three areas of research:
1- determining what drives resilience in corals in the face of climate change,
2- reconstructing oceanographic conditions in the past based on coral skeletal isotope and trace metal records, and
3- the impact of land-use on the delivery of carbon to small tropical and temperate rivers.
Grottoli’s current research is funded by the Division of Oceanography at the National Science Foundation. She established the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory (SIBLab) facility in the School of Earth Sciences. Professor Grottoli has won several awards including the FW Clarke Award in Geochemistry, the Best Paper Award from the International Society for Reef Studies, has published peer-reviewed journal articles in such journals as Nature, Global Change Biology, and Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, and she and her work have been featured on National Public Radio and several websites and newspapers.