I met Randi Rotjan when I became an intern in her lab at the New England Aquarium. Her work in coral inspired me in many ways. But the most important thing my lab at the aquarium showed me was how much I enjoy working in a laboratory. I also learned protocols on RNA extraction and purification and coral happiness index (CHI) involving the visible behavior of individual polyps. Randi has since moved to Boston University, but she brought me and few other interns with her.
Here is the link to her lab website: http://www.rotjanlab.org/rotjanindex.htm
I wasn’t able to spend as much time working in the lab as I would like, but I worked to come up with a repeatable protocol for creating single, live coral polyps using this article: https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms10860. The polyps are forced to bail from their skeletons because of increased salinity in the water.