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Welcome to my website!

 

I am a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology (PRFB) at Florida International University (FIU). I am also a postdoc within the NSF Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) at FIU, the Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment (CAChE).

I study epigenetic processes within the context of global change marine biology in Dr. Jose Eirin-Lopez's Environmental Epigenetics Lab (EELab).

 

Please explore this site to learn more about me, read about my research interests, or view my CV.

Latest News

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I presented a webinar as part of NOAA's NWFSC Monster Seminar Jam series. I shared part of my thesis work investigating the response of red sea urchins to different temperatures and pH levels during early development. I also presented my research into the role of transgenerational plasticity in purple urchins. You can check out the recording here (password: FcJixWk2).

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I have recently returned from Bonaire where I assisted EELab Ph.D. candidate Serena Hackerott with her dissertation work. Serena researches coral epigenetics and memory, working in collaboration with Reef Renewal Bonaire. We also presented our work and our experiences as early career marine biologists with an educational youth group, the Junior Rangers of Bonaire.

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My work investigating the evolution of the methyltransferase-like (METTL) proteins in metazoans has been published in Molecular Biology and EvolutionMETTLs are capable of modifying DNA/RNA nucleosides as well as protein residues, and were found to be nearly ubiquitous across the animal kingdom. See Publications for more. 

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I have recently returned from fieldwork in Puerto Rico. This was the first trip as part of an NSF-funded project supported through the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (PRFB) Program, Broadening Participation of Groups Under-represented in Biology. My project investigates how the sea urchin, Diadema antillarum, responds to warming temperatures. I am assessing epigenetic patterns and their connection to varying genotypes, demography, and physiological responses (e.g., righting ability), in sea urchins inhabiting areas that naturally differ in their temperature regimes. See here for more.