Primary Advisor: Dr. Jose Eirin-Lopez
Research Focus: Epigenetic responses to environmental stressors in corals, and connections between environmental epigenetics and coral reef conservation.
Primary Advisor: Dr. John Bruno
Thesis Title: The effect of invasive lionfish on reef fish community structure along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
Highest Honors and Carolina Research Scholar; GPA: 3.673
Research Advisor: Dr. John Bruno; Minors in Chemistry and Marine Sciences
Thesis Title: Native predators do not influence invasion success of Pacific lionfish on Caribbean reefs.
Beal A. P., S. Hackerott, K. Feldheim, S. Gruber, J. M. Eirin-Lopez. (2022) Age group DNA methylation differences in lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris): Implications for future age estimation tools. Ecology and Evolution 12: e9226
Hackerott, S., H. A. Martell, J. M. Eirin-Lopez. (2021) Coral environmental memory: Causes, mechanisms, and consequences for future reefs. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 36: 1011-1023
Beal A. P., S. Hackerott, B. Franks, S. Gruber, K. Feldheim, J. M. Eirin-Lopez. (2021) Epigenetic responses in juvenile Lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris) during a coastal dredging episode in Bimini, Bahamas. Ecological Indicators 127: 107793
Hackerott, S., A. Valdivia, C. E. Cox, N. J. Silbiger, J. F. Bruno. (2017) Invasive lionfish had no measurable effect on prey fish community structure on the Belizean Barrier Reef. PeerJ 5:e3270
Valdivia A., J. F. Bruno, C. E. Cox, S. Hackerott, S. J. Green. (2014) Re-examining the relationship between invasive lionfish and native grouper in the Caribbean. PeerJ 2:e348
Hackerott, S., A. Valdivia, S. Green, I. Côté, C. E. Cox, L. Adkins, C. A. Layman, W. F. Precht, J. F. Bruno. (2013) Native predators do not influence invasion success of Pacific lionfish on Caribbean reefs. PLoS ONE 8(7): e68259.
Nursery trees and outplanting
Aquaria setup and temperature control programming
Caribbean and Pacific reef identification
Symbiont density, chlorophyll, protein, biomass
Extractions, quality assessment, quantification, visualization
DNA methylation- MSAP, Gene expression- Tag-Seq
Data analysis and statistics
Database creation and management
Temperature control and other aquarium parameter settings
350+ Logged dives
150+ Logged AAUS dives
40 days sailing experience