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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.
My work investigating the gene expression patterns of red sea urchins, Mesocentrotus franciscanus, exposed to different temperature and pCO2 conditions during early development has been published in BMC Genomics. I found that embryos exhibited robust transcriptomic responses to different temperatures, but more muted changes in gene expression as a result of different pCO2 levels. See Publications for more.
I have returned from ongoing fieldwork in Mo'orea, French Polynesia. I am excited to be collaborating on the E5 project, which spans five institutions (FIU, the University of Rhode Island, the University of Washington, the University of California Santa Barbara, and Shedd Aquarium) as part of NSF’s Understanding the Rules of Life (URoL): Epigenetics program. See here for more.
I have started my NSF-funded project supported through the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (PRFB), 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.
I am working with Jesse Margolies, an undergraduate student from Arizona State University, who is spending his summer with us at Florida International University as part of an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at FIU, REU Site: Understanding Coastal Ecosystems – From the Everglades to the Coral Reefs. Jesse is studying how sea urchin physiology and DNA methylation are affected by different salinities, both in adults and during early development. See here for more.