Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley, BIOS Postdoctoral Researcher, was recently awarded a 2013/2014 fellowship at the University of Bologna (Italy) within the European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme.

This prestigious and highly competitive fellowship aims to create communities of researchers to promote intellectual exchanges across international borders and scientific disciplines. A EURIAS Fellowship provides recipients with the ability to pursue focused research for a period of ten months in an environment that fosters innovation and excellence.

Beginning in September 2013, Dr. Goodbody-Gringley will be working in conjunction with the “CoralWarm” study, led by Dr. Stefano Goffredo at the University of Bologna, comparing the responses of corals in the Mediterranean and Red Sea to climate change. Her self-directed research will focus on the role of self-fertilization in maintaining coral populations under climate change scenarios.

Remarking on her achievement, Dr. Goodbody-Gringley said, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this talented group of researchers in Italy. This is an amazing chance to understand a new system from a new perspective, while continuing to acquire and develop skills that I can incorporate into my research back at BIOS.”

BIOS is an independent marine science organization. It was founded in 1903 as the Bermuda Biological Station by scientists from Harvard and New York University to take advantage of Bermuda’s ideal location for deep-ocean and coral reef research and education. BIOS was incorporated in New York in 1926 and is an U.S. 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and a Registered Bermuda Charity.