Research & Education

A photo of Samantha Burke working in a biosafety cabinet
credit: Carmen Hendricks-Guy, BASF Scientist III (previously Operations Manager)

Research Experience

University of New South Wales Sydney February 2020 – current
PhD Candidate
Utilizing synthesis to investigate climate change impacts on global coral
Supervisory Team: Shinichi Nakagawa, Tracy Ainsworth, Szymon M
Drobniak, and Tracey Rogers

Method Reporting with Initials for Transparency (MeRIT) promotes more granularity and accountability for author contributions April 2023
Shinichi Nakagawa, Edward R Ivimey-Cook, Matthew J Grainger, Rose E
O’Dea, Samantha Burke, Szymon M Drobniak, Elliot Gould, Erin L
Macartney, April Robin Martinig, Kyle Morrison, Matthieu Paquet, Joel
L Pick, Patrice Pottier, Lorenzo Ricolfi, David P Wilkinson, Aaron
Willcox, Coralie Williams, Laura A B Wilson, Saras M Windecker,
Yefeng Yang, and Malgorzata Lagisz
Nature Communications Vol 14
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-37039-1

The impact of rising temperatures on the prevalence of coral diseases and its predictability: a global meta-analysis (revision submitted)
Samantha Burke, Patrice Pottier, Erin L Macartney, Szymon M Drobniak,
Malgorzata Lagisz, Tracy Ainsworth, and Shinichi Nakagawa
Ecology Letters (revision submitted)

Quantifying between individual variation using high throughput phenotyping of behavioural traits in the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) (in review)
Erin L Macartney, Patrice Pottier, Samantha Burke, Shinichi Nakagawa,
and Szymon M Drobniak
PeerJ (in review)
Preprint DOI: 10.32942/X22S39

Mapping literature reviews on coral health: Protocol for a review map, critical appraisal and bibliometric analysis November 2022
Samantha Burke, Patrice Pottier, Erin L Macartney, Szymon M Drobniak,
Malgorzata Lagisz, Tracy Ainsworth, and Shinichi Nakagawa
Ecological Solutions and Evidence Vol 3.4
DOI: 10.1002/2688-8319.12190

Developmental plasticity in thermal tolerance: Ontogenetic variation, persistence, and future directions August 2022
Patrice Pottier, Samantha Burke, Rose Y Zhang, Daniel WA Noble, Lisa E
Schwanz, Szymon M Drobniak, and Shinichi Nakagawa
Ecology Letters Vol 25.10
DOI: 10.1111/ele.14083

Meta-analytic approaches and effect sizes to account for ‘nuisance heterogeneity’ in comparative physiology March 2022
Daniel WA Noble, Patrice Pottier, Malgorzata Lagisz, Samantha Burke,
Szymon M Drobniak, Rose E O’Dea, and Shinichi Nakagawa
Journal of Experimental Biology Vol 225.1
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.243225

Methodological inconsistencies define thermal bottlenecks in fish life cycle: a comment on Dahlke et al. 2020 February 2022
Patrice Pottier, Samantha Burke, Szymon M Drobniak, and Shinichi
Evolutionary Ecology Vol 36
DOI: 10.1007/s10682-022-10157-w

Sexual (in)equality? A meta-analysis of sex differences in thermal acclimation capacity across ectotherms August 2021
Patrice Pottier, Samantha Burke, Szymon M Drobniak, Malgorzata Lagisz,
and Shinichi Nakagawa
Functional Ecology Vol 35.12
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13899

Cornell University      May 2016 – May 2019
Senior thesis
Development and replacement of oral teeth in Balistidae and
Monacanthidae (Acanthopterygii: Tetraodontiformes)
Supervisor: William E Bemis

BASF Corporation through BCForward May – August 2018
White Biotechnology Department Intern
Cultured and isolated bacterial strains, conducted PCR and gel
electrophoresis, modified media

Cornell Ocean Research Apprenticeship for Lynch Scholars Spring 2018
One of five CORALS students
Ocean and climate change research in Hawai’i and Friday Harbour
Topics: coral ecology, eelgrass wasting disease, whale bioacoustics,
water pollution, and invertebrate biodiversity

Rockland Soil and Water Conservation District Division of Environmental Resources May – August 2017
Certified NAACC Lead Observer
NYSDEC certified for culvert analysis in culvert connectivity collaborative


Cornell University August 2015 – May 2019
B.S. in Biological Sciences, Marine Biology concentration
Graduated Cum Laude with Distinction in Research

Hard Skills

Microsoft Office • Adobe Illustrator • Computerized Tomography • R Statistical Analysis Software • Spectrophotometry • Scanning Electron Microscopy • PCR • Gel Electrophoresis • Micro-Pipetting • Culturing bacteria • Dissecting specimens • Skeletal preparation • Writing and editing manuscripts • Preparing and presenting scientific posters • Raven 2.0 • Gram Staining • Bacterial media modification

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