Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Victoria Glynn

Victoria Marie Glynn is a PhD candidate at McGill University (Montréal, Quebec) and a Fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, that is broadly interested in how corals and their microorganisms (microbiome) implement a diversity of strategies to cope with environmental stress. She implements cutting-edge molecular techniques to answer the overarching question: who is there, and what are they doing? As a STRI Fellow, she leverages the unique conditions of Panama’s Tropical Eastern Pacific, where upwelling occurs on a seasonal basis and El Niño events are common, to study the mechanisms underlying coral bleaching. Outside research, Victoria is involved in various science outreach and equity, diversity, and inclusion projects as a Science Education Fellow in the Office of Science Education at McGill, and the Redpath Museum’s graduate public programming representative.  

Bouncing Back in a Warming World

We have not given corals enough credit for their resilience and ability to bounce back. Panama's Tropical Eastern Pacific provides a glimpse into the diverse strategies corals are implementing to survive in an increasingly warmer, high CO2 world.