Caroline Fleming


  • Title Biology
  • Education College of the Holy Cross, B.A.
Caroline Fleming (she/her/hers) is a PhD candidate and an NSF GRFP Award Winner. She is a member of the Rotjan Marine Ecology Lab at BU, where she investigates the energetic trade-offs corals make under anthropogenic stressors. One aspect of this work is investigating the physiological effects of urban pollutants on the temperate coral Astrangia poculata in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Drawing from the disciplines of mathematical modeling, larval ecology, toxicology, and energetic physiology, Caroline seeks to answer the question, “How resilient will marine organisms be to persistent urban pollutants in an area of global change?”. An ecophysiologist at heart, Caroline has dipped her toes in population ecology, phylogeography, and epigenetics, but has found her home in the URBAN program and Rotjan Lab. When not in the lab or riffling through the nearest tide pool, you can find Caroline putting her art history minor to work at a Boston art museum, or attending an indie rock concert.

Check out Caroline’s talk about her research at the 2021 URBAN Spring Symposium here!

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