Angus Thies

Angus is a recently graduated BS/MS student in the Tresguerres Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Angus was born in San Diego, CA and grew up in Boston, MA, where he first developed an interest in biological and marine sciences. During this time, Angus became involved with Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center and the New England Aquarium. He returned to California in 2013 to begin his undergraduate studies at UCSD where he graduated with a degree in Marine Biology in March 2017. During his time at UCSD, Angus spend four months in the Turks and Caicos, BWI at the School for Field Studies’ Center for Marine Resource Studies. Here he carried out independent research on the relationship between three indicator species of reef health: Acropora cervicornis, Acropora palmata, and Diadema antillarum. As a senior, Angus was named a Sea Grant Summer Scholar and broadened his scientific interests with the EPA in Newport, Oregon. There he studied reservoirs of pathogens and fecal indicator bacteria in Pacific Northwest Estuaries and presented his findings at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Angus first became involved with the lab after taking Dr. Tresguerres’s Marine Biochemistry course in 2016. Coursework concerning pH regulation, host-symbiont biology, and invertebrate systems particularly interested him. Since that time, he has developed a deep interest in marine physiology and cell biology.

Research Interests:

  • Cellular mechanisms for coral calcification and photosynthesis
  • Host-symbiont relationships
  • Physiology of marine invertebrates (cnidarians, Osedax worms, and cephalopods)
  • Effects of climate change on marine systems

Angus’s current work focuses on two aspects of coral physiology: (1) the role of sodium-calcium exchangers in calcification and (2) an ammonium transporter’s function in facilitating symbiont photosynthesis. He hopes his work will inform our understanding of corals’ ability to cope with changing ocean chemistry.