Harmony Martell

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Unit

Ocean Leaders


BS Biology
MS Marine Biology & Coastal Zone Management
PhD Ecological Sciences

Contact Information

1984 West Mall, GEOG RM121
Vancouver, British Columbia
Email: harmony.martell@ubc.ca
Website: Donner Lab
Twitter: @HarmonyMartell

Research Interests

Dr. Harmony Martell is an Ocean Leaders Postdoctoral Fellow at UBC’s Institute of Oceans and Fisheries and the Department of Geography. She is an expert in physiology, thermal performance and stress memory of Scleractinian corals and their symbiotic algae Symbiodiniaceae. Her research links fine-scale mechanisms of physiology to large -scale phenomena, such as coral bleaching events. Dr. Martell is currently developing models to better understand the mechanisms of coral bleaching using the relationship between light, temperature and metabolism. She also participates in science communication initiatives in the Ocean Leaders Program.


Dr. Harmony Martell is a seasoned educator, with two decades of science teaching experience at the high school and university levels. She is passionate about mentorship, particularly for women and underrepresented groups in marine science. Pursuant to her aim to make science accessible to all, she mentors undergraduate students through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REX) program at UBC and values outreach. She is a marine ecophysiologist interested in the effects of temperature on marine plants and invertebrates, particularly in the context of climate change. The sea, conservation, and education are the core tenets of all her endeavors. She is a proud mother of two in academia.

Selected Publications

Hackerott S, Martell HA, Eirin-Lopez, J (2021) Coral environmental memory: causes, mechanisms, and consequences for future reefs. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2021.06.014

Martell HA, Zimmerman RC (2021) Heating rate modulates the metabolic response of the staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis (Lamarck, 1816). Marine Biology 168, 83 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-021-03847-6

Murton J, Nagarajan A, Nguyen AY, Liberton M, Hancock HA, Pakrasi HB, Timlin JA. (2017) Population level coordination of pigment response in individual cyanobacterial cells under altered nitrogen levels. Photosynthesis Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11120-017-0422-7