Environmental Epigenetics | Coral Reef Ecology | Marine Ecology | Conservation
The majority of my previous research focused on the Caribbean lionfish invasion. For my undergraduate thesis, I investigated the possibility of biotic resistance against invasive lionfish. For my M.S. research, I quantified the impacts of invasive lionfish on coral reef fish across the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in Belize. While in the Marshall Islands, I assisted in coral reef surveys to support the national conservation plan. I also assisted the local Marine Resource Authority with data analysis and organization.
I have recently joined Dr. Eirin-Lopez's Environmental Epigenetics lab at Florida International University as a PhD student. My research will focus on epigenetic responses to environmental stressors in corals, and connections between environmental epigenetics and coral reef conservation. I am also interested in the role of epigenetic mechanisms in the process of preconditioning or stress-hardening. I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with Reef Renewal Bonaire for part of my research focused on Acroporid corals.