Samantha Burke

Samantha Burke

PhD Student
Evolution and Ecology Research Centre | Centre for Marine Science and Innovation
Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

My research interests include anything marine ecology. I graduated Cornell University with a BSc in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Marine Biology. My undergraduate honors thesis with Professor William E Bemis characterized the dentition of Triggerfishes and Filefishes to draw comparisons to related fishes. I have some field experience working in rocky intertidal and sea grass beds, but I hope to do more fieldwork in other ecosystems in the future.
For more information about me and my work, please check out my website (

Project: Utilizing synthesis to investigate climate change impacts on global coral health

Supervised by: Shinichi Nakagawa, Tracy Ainsworth, Szymon M Drobniak, Tracey Rogers

Project Description: Corals are highly sensitive to temperature stress, as evidenced by the growing number of bleached reefs worldwide. However, coral reefs are impacted by many local and global stressors, driving their decline. My research aims to gather the available research on coral health and examine how has coral disease changed throughout the increasing stresses from climate change, how has coral health research been conducted, and what are the outcomes from this research.

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**Burke, S**, Pottier, P, Macartney, EL, Drobniak, SM, Lagisz, M, Ainsworth, T, & Nakagawa, S. (2022). Mapping literature reviews on coral health: Protocol for a review map, critical appraisal and bibliometric analysis. Ecological Solutions and Evidence. DOI: 10.1002/2688-8319.12190

Pottier, P, **Burke, S**, Zhang, RY, Noble, DWA, Schwanz, LE, Drobniak, SM, & Nakagawa, S. (2022). Developmental plasticity in thermal tolerance: Ontogenetic variation, persistence, and future directions. Ecology Letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.14083

Noble, DWA, Pottier, P, Lagisz, M, **Burke, S**, Drobniak, SM, O’Dea, RE, & Nakagawa, S. (2022). Meta-analytic approaches and effect sizes to account for ‘nuisance heterogeneity’ in comparative physiology. Journal of Experimental Biology. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.243225

Pottier, P, **Burke, S**, Drobniak, SM, & Nakagawa, S. (2022). Methodological inconsistencies define thermal bottlenecks in fish life cycle: a comment on Dahlke et al. 2020. Evolutionary Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s10682-022-10157-w

Pottier, P, **Burke, S**, Drobniak, SM, Lagisz, M, & Nakagawa, S. (2021). Sexual (in)equality? A meta-analysis of sex differences in thermal acclimation capacity across ectotherms. Functional Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13899

Bemis, KE, **Burke, SM**, St John, CA, Hilton, EJ, & Bemis, WE. (2019). Tooth development and replacement in the Atlantic Cutlassfish, Trichiurus lepturus, with comparisons to other Scombroidei. Journal of Morphology. DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20919