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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 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.
A literature survey by Professor Marie Strader (Auburn University), Professor Gretchen Hofmann (UC Santa Barbara), and myself has been 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 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.