Dr. Wong is interested in how impacts from climate change (e.g., ocean acidification, warming, etc.) affect marine invertebrates such as sea urchins and coral. Understanding the processes by which organisms respond to their changing environments is necessary if we are to make accurate predictions and informed decisions regarding conservation efforts, seafood safety and security, and many other challenges we face as climate change continues.
She uses a variety of physiological and molecular approaches to investigate how organisms interact with and respond to their environments. She is particularly fascinated by epigenetic modifications and other mechanisms that may confer rapid phenotypic plasticity, and how they can influence ecological and evolutionary processes in marine systems.