In Dr. Eirin-Lopez's Environmental Epigenetics lab, my dissertation research focuses on coral responses to environmental stress. I am particularly interested in coral environmental memory, including the molecular underpinnings and applications to restoration.
My research in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean with Reef Renewal Bonaire explores the retention of phenotypic plasticity and connections with epigenetic modifications in Caribbean Acropora corals.
I am also spearheading a collaborative project with the Coral Restoration Foundation exploring coral stress hardening interventions to improve coral restoration success in the Florida Keys.
While in the Marshall Islands, I assisted in coral reef surveys of remote atolls to support the national conservation plan. I also assisted the local Marine Resource Authority with standardized survey protocols, data management strategies , and data analysis training.
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.