Shukla's research focuses on the effects of climate change on the coastal ocean, including coastal habitats and marine aquaculture. Overarching themes in her writings include ecological and societal impacts of climate change.
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Exposes live rhodoliths to near-future ocean acidification conditions to investigate responses in their photosynthetic capacity, calcium carbonate production, and associated microbiome using carbon uptake, decalcification assays, and whole genome shotgun sequencing metagenomic analysis, respectively.
Studies how increasing temperatures and rising carbon dioxide levels influenced the growth of the Giant Kelp, which dominates in coastal California habitats. Shows that warming is more detrimental than high carbon dioxide concentrations to the early development of this globally important seaweed.