Peer-reviewed publications


Cornwall C. E., S. Comeau, N. A. Kornder, C. T. Perry, R. Van Hooidonk, T. M. DeCarlo, M. S. Pratchett, K. D. Anderson, N. Browne, R. Carpenter, G. Diaz-Pulido, J. P. D’Olivo, S. Doo, J. Figueiredo, S. A.V. Fortunato, E. Kennedy, C. A. Lantz, M. T. McCulloch, M. González-Rivero, V. Schoepf, S. G. Smithers, R. Lowe. (In press) Global declines in coral reef calcium carbonate production under ocean acidification and warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.


Cornwall C. E.*, S. Comeau, T. M. DeCarlo, E. Larcombe, B. Moore, K. Giltrow, F. Puerzer, Q. D’Alexis, and M. T. McCulloch (2020) Coralline algae gain tolerance to ocean acidification over multiple generations. Nature Climate Change. 10: 143-146, doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0681-8.

Teixidó N., E. Caroselli, S. Alliouane, C. Ceccarelli, S. Comeau, J.-P. Gattuso, P. Fici, F. Micheli, A. Mirasole, S. G. Monismith, M. Munari, S. Palumbi, E. Sheets, L. Urbini, C. de Vittor, S. Goffredo, M. C. Gambi (2020) Ocean acidification causes variable trait-shifts in a coral species. Global Change Biology. 26, 6813-6830, doi:10.1111/gcb.15372

Hurd C., J. Beardall, S. Comeau, C. Cornwall, J. Havenhand, P. Munday, L. Parker, J. Raven, C. McGraw (2020) Ocean acidification as a multiple driver: how interactions between changing seawater carbonate parameters affect marine life. Marine and Freshwater Research.


Comeau S., C. E. Cornwall, T. M. DeCarlo, S. S. Doo, R. C. Carpenter, and M. T. McCulloch (2019) Resistance to ocean acidification in coral reef taxa is not gained by acclimatization. 9: 477-483. Nature Climate Change.

Comeau, S., C. E. Cornwall, C. A. Pupier, T. M. DeCarlo, C. Alessi, R. Trehern, and M. T. McCulloch (2019) Flow-driven micro-scale pH variability affects the physiology of corals and coralline algae under ocean acidification. Sci. Rep. 9: 1–12. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-49044-w

DeCarlo T.M., S. Comeau, C. E. Cornwall, L. Gajdzik, P. Guagliardo, A. Sadekov, E. C. Thillainath, J. Trotter, and M. T. McCulloch (2019) Investigating marine bio-calcification mechanisms in a changing ocean with in vivo and high-resolution ex vivo Raman spectroscopy. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.14579

Cornwall C. E., G. Diaz-Pulido, S. Comeau (2019) Impacts of ocean warming on coralline algal calcification: meta-analysis, knowledge gaps and key recommendations for future research. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00186


  • Schoepf, V., C. E. Cornwall, S. M. Pfeifer, S. A. Carrion, C. Alessi, S. Comeau, M. T. McCulloch. (2018). Impacts of coral bleaching on pH and oxygen gradients across the coral concentration boundary layer: a microsensor study. Coral Reefs, 1–12.
  • Cornwall C.E., S. Comeau, T. M. DeCarlo, B. Moore, Q. D’Alexis, M. T. McCulloch (2018) Resistance of corals and coralline algae to ocean acidification: physiological control of calcification under natural pH variability. P Roy Soc B-biol Sci. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1168
  • Comeau S., C. E. Cornwall, T. M. DeCarlo, M. T. McCulloch (2018) Seawater carbonate saturation state does not control the calcification processes of key coral reef calcifiers. Global Change Biology, doi :10.1111/gcb.14379.
  • DeCarlo T. M., Comeau S., Cornwall C. E., McCulloch M. (2018) Coral resistance to ocean acidification linked to increased calcium at the site of calcification. P Roy Soc B-biol Sci | doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0564.


  • Comeau S., C. E. Cornwall, M. McCulloch (2017) Decoupling between the response of coral calcifying fluid chemistry and calcification to ocean acidification. Scientific Reports. 7 :7573, doi :10.1038/s41598-08003-z.
  • Comeau S., C. A. Lantz, P. J. Edmunds, R. C. Carpenter (2017) Daily variation in net primary production and net calcification in coral reef communities exposed to elevated pCO2. Biogeosciences. Doi: 10.5194/bg-14-3549-2017
  • Comeau S., E. Tambutté, R. C. Carpenter, P. J. Edmunds, N. R. Evensen, D. Allemand, C. Ferrier-Pagès, S. Tambutté, A. Venn (2017) Coral calcifying fluid pH is modulated by seawater carbonate chemistry not solely seawater pH. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 20161669, doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.1669
  • Hughes T.P., J. T. Kerry, M. Álvarez-Noriega, J. G. Álvarez-Romero, K. D. Anderson, A.H. Baird, R.C. Babcock, M. Beger, D.R. Bellwood, R. Berkelmans, T.C. Bridge, I. Butler, M. Byrne, N.E. Cantin, S. Comeau, …, S. K. Wilson (2017) Global warming and recurrent mass bleachings of coral. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature21707.
  • Manno C., N. Bednaršek, G. Tarling, V. Peck, S. Comeau, D. Adhikari, et al. (2017) Shelled pteropods in peril: assessing vulnerability in a high CO2 ocean. Earth-Science Reviews. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.04.005
  • Johnson M. D., S. Comeau, C. A. Lantz, J. E. Smith (2017) Complex and interactive effects of ocean acidification and warming on epilithic and endolithic coral reef turf algal assemblages. Coral Reefs. Doi:10.1007/s00338-017-1597-2
  • Cornwall, C. E., S. Comeau, M. McCulloch (2017) Coralline algae elevate pH at the site of calcification under ocean acidification. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.13673
  • Lantz C. A., Carpenter R. C., S. Comeau, P. J. Edmunds (2017) Organisms composing an experimental coral reef community from Mo’orea, French Polynesia, exhibit taxon-specific net production: net calcification ratios. Frontiers Marine Science. Doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00298
  • Rivest E. B., S. Comeau, Cornwall C. E. (2017). The role of natural variability in shaping the response of coral reef organisms to climate change. Current Climate Change Reports. Doi:10.1007/s40641-017-0082-x
  • Le Nohaic M., Ross C. L., Cornwall C. E., Comeau S., Lowe R., McCulloch M. T., Schoepf V. (2017) Marine heatwave causes unprecedented regional mass bleaching of thermally resistant corals in northwest Australia. Scientific Reports. Doi :10.1038/s41598-017-14794-y


  • Comeau S., R. C. Carpenter, C. A. Lantz, P. J. Edmunds (2016) Parameterization of the response of calcification to temperature and pCO2 in the coral Acropora pulchra and the alga Lithophyllum kotschyanum. Coral Reefs. doi:10.1007/s00338-016-1425-0
  • Comeau S., R. C. Carpenter, P. J. Edmunds (2016) Effects of pCO2 on photosynthesis and respiration of tropical scleractinian and calcified algae. ICES Journal of Marine Science. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsv267
  • Edmunds P. J., S. Comeau, C. A. Lantz, A. Andersson, C. Briggs, A. Cohen (2016) Integrating the effects of ocean acidification across functional scales on tropical coral reefs. Bioscience. doi:10.1093/biosci/biw023
  • Comeau S., C. Cornwall (2016) Contrasting effects of ocean acidification on coral reef “animal forests” versus seaweed “kelp forests”. In: Marine Animal Forests, Springer.
  • Comeau S., R. van Hooidonk (2016) Chapter 5.5: Pteropods at Risk. In UNESCO IOC and UNEP (2016). The Open Ocean: Status and Trends. United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, pp. 181-192.


  • Comeau S., C. A. Lantz, P. J. Edmunds, R. C. Carpenter (2015) Framework of barrier reefs threatened by ocean acidification. Global Change Biology.
  • Comeau S., R. C. Carpenter, C. A. Lantz, P. J. Edmunds (2015) Ocean acidification accelerates dissolution of experimental coral reef communities. Biogeosciences. 12, 365-372. doi:10.5194/bg-12-365-2015


  • Comeau S., P. J. Edmunds, C. A. Lantz, R. C. Carpenter (2014) Water flow modulates the response of coral reef communities to ocean acidification. Nature Scientific Reports. 4, doi: 10.1038/srep06681.
  • Comeau S., R. C. Carpenter, H. M. Putnam, K. Sakai, P. J. Edmunds (2014) Intraspecific comparison of the effects of ocean acidification on reef organisms from locations with dissimilar aragonite saturation states. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 281: 20141339.
  • Comeau S., P. J. Edmunds, N. B. Spindel, R. C. Carpenter (2014) Fast coral reef calcifiers are more sensitive to ocean acidification in short-term laboratory incubations. Limnology and Oceanography. 59: 1081-1091. doi: 10.4319/lo.2014.59.3.0000
  • Comeau S., R. C. Carpenter, P. J. Edmunds (2014) Diurnal pCO2 oscillations modulate the response of the coral Acropora hyacinthus to ocean acidification. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 501:99-101. doi: 10.3354/meps10690
  • Comeau S., R. C. Carpenter., P. J. Edmunds (2014) Effects of irradiance on the response of the coral Acropora pulchra and the calcifying alga Hydrolithon reinboldii to temperature elevation and ocean acidification. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 453: 28–35. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2013.12.013
  • Howes E. L., N. Bednaršek, J. Büdenbender, S. Comeau, A. Doubleday, S. M. Gallager, R. R. Hopcroft, S. Lischka, A. E. Maas, J. Bijma, J.-P. Gattuso (2014) Sink and swim: a status review of thecosome pteropod culture techniques. Journal of Plankton Research, fbu002. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbu002


  • Comeau S., R. C. Carpenter, P. J. Edmunds. (2013). Coral reef calcifiers buffer their response to ocean acidification using both bicarbonate and carbonate. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 279: 732-738.
  • Comeau S., P. J. Edmunds, N. B. Spindel, R. C. Carpenter. (2013). The responses of eight coral reef calcifiers to increasing pCO2 do not exhibit a tipping point. Limnology and Oceanography. 58: 388-398.
  • Comeau S., R. C. Carpenter., P. J. Edmunds. (2013). Effects of feeding and light intensity on the response of the coral Porites rus to ocean acidification. Marine biology. 160: 1127-1134.
  • Comeau S., R. C. Carpenter, P. J. Edmunds (2013). Response to coral reef calcification: carbonate, bicarbonate and proton flux under conditions of increasing ocean acidification. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 280: 1764.
  • Gazeau F.,L. M. Parker, S. Comeau, J.-P. Gattuso, W.A. O’Connor, S. Martin, H. O. Portner, P. M. Ross. (2013). Impacts of ocean acidification on marine shelled molluscs. Marine Biology, 160: 2207-2245.
  • Edmunds P. J., R. C. Carpenter, S. Comeau. (2013). Understanding the threats of ocean acidification to coral reefs. Oceanography. 26: 149-152.


  • Comeau, S., Gattuso, J.-P., Nisumaa, A.-M., Orr, J. (2012). Impact of Aragonite Saturation State Changes on Migratory Pteropods. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 279: 732-738.
  • Comeau, S., Alliouane, S., Gattuso, J. P. (2012). Effects of ocean acidification on overwintering juvenile Arctic pteropods Limacina helicina. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 456: 279-284.


  • Comeau S., S. Alliouane, G. Gorsky, J.-P. Gattuso. (2010). Larvae of the pteropod Cavolinia inflexa exposed to aragonite undersaturation are viable but shell-less. Marine Biology. 157: 2341-2345.
  • Comeau S., R. Jeffree, J.-L. Teyssié, J.-P. Gattuso. (2010). Response of the Arctic pteropod Limacina helicina to projected future environmental conditions. PLoS One. 5(6): e11362. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011362.


  • Comeau S., G. Gorsky, R. Jeffree, J.-L. Teyssié, J.-P. Gattuso. (2009). Impact of ocean acidification on a key Arctic pelagic mollusc (Limacina helicina). Biogeosciences. 6: 1877-1882.