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I am a Distinguished Postdoctoral Scholar in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE) at Florida International University (FIU).
I study epigenetic processes within the context of global change marine biology in Dr. Jose Eirin-Lopez's Environmental Epigenetics Lab (EELab).
Please feel free to explore this site to learn more about me, read about my research interests, or view my CV.
My work examining how the early development of the red sea urchin, Mesocentrotus franciscanus, is affected by different temperature and pCO2 conditions has been published in Marine Biology. I measured how exposure to different developmental conditions impacted body size, thermal tolerance, and respiration rate in M. franciscanus embryos. See Publications for more.
I have joined the Environmental Epigenetics Lab (EELab) at Florida International University (FIU) as a Distinguished Postdoctoral Scholar within the College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE). 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 am studying the role of epigenetic processes in providing rapid phenotypic plasticity in the long-spined sea urchin, Diadema antillarum.
A literature survey by Professor Marie Strader (Auburn University), Professor Gretchen Hofmann (UC Santa Barbara), and myself was recently published in Frontiers in Zoology. We reviewed studies that used transcriptomics to explore the effects of ocean acidification on marine metazoans. See Publications for more.
I am happy to announce that in August 2019, I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology. Thank you to all of my friends and family who encouraged me along the way. A special thanks to my advisor, Professor Gretchen Hofmann and to my fellow Hofmann Lab members.
I have recently returned from the first round of 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.