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I am a Distinguished Postdoctoral Scholar in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE) 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 recently 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 Research for more.
Our study examining the role of DNA methylation in transcriptomic plasticity of early stage purple see urchins was recently published in Frontiers in Marine Science. This work was led by Professor Marie Strader (Auburn University), and several members of the Hofmann Lab (UC Santa Barbara). See Publications for more.
I have been awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (PRFB). My project will investigate 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 Research for more.