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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 evolution of the methyltransferase-like (METTL) proteins in metazoans has been published in Molecular Biology and Evolution. METTLs 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.
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.
Jesse Margolies, an undergraduate student from Arizona State University, spent 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 studied how sea urchin physiology and DNA methylation are affected by different salinities, both in adults and during early development. See here for more.
A review article has been published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. In this article, we synthesize the findings of evolutionary theory that have explored evolutionary dynamics in fluctuating and novel environments, outline criteria for testing these theoretical predictions, and review empirical studies that have tested theoretical predictions in marine systems. This work was a product of the Fluctuating Selection working group, organized as part of the Research Coordinated Network for Evolution in Changing Seas. See Publications for more.