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Research

Research interests:

  • The impact of abiotic factors on coral reef ecology, physiology, and resilience
  • How ecological interactions drive community structure and function
  • Understanding the interactions between morphology and ecological function of marine organisms
  • Community ecology
  • Science communication
  • Conservation, policy, and management

Previous Projects:

June 2015-May 2016 Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) – UNC Marine Sciences Department

Advisor: Dr. Karl Castillo

  • Understanding the interactive effect of nitrate and low salinity on the tropical coral Siderastrea siderea
      • Independent project co-advised by Dr. Karl Castillo and Colleen Bove
    • Designed tank based experiment
    • Partial renovation of tank system
    • Daily maintenance and upkeep of 12 tank system
    • Experimental dosing of nitrate
    • Analytical quantification of Total Inorganic Nitrogen (TIN)
    • Buoyant weights, bleaching analysis, and weekly feeding

March 2015-June 2015 Sea Education Association (SEA) – Woods Hole, MA

Advisor: Dr. Amy Siuda

  • Studying the morphology and population connectivity of Panulirus argus phyllosoma
    • Neuston net and 555μm plankton net towing
    • Identification of plankton using light microscopy
    • Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth (CTD) deployment
    • Identification and staging of phyllosoma using light microscopy
    • DNA extraction, amplification, and sequencing
    • Analysis of sequence data using MEGA and Geneious

August 2014-March 2015    Volunteer Undergraduate Researcher – UNC Marine

Sciences Department

Advisor: Dr. Karl Castillo

  • Investigating acclimation and resilience in corals on the Belize Barrier Reef System (BBRS)
    • Design, construction, collection, and analysis of video surveys of the Belize Barrier Reef System
    • Comparative analysis of novel video survey method with traditional survey methodology
    • Collection of in situ water samples
    • Video documentation of field data collection

June 2014-August 2014 Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) – UNC Marine Sciences Department

Advisor: Dr. Karl Castillo

  • Investigating the effect of feeding on growth of the temperate coral Oculina arbuscula
    • Daily maintenance of 12 tank system
    • Experimental feeding regime
    • Buoyant weights
    • 3D surface area scanning and analysis of coral skeletons
    • Symbiont counting and density analysis

 

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