I'm a Postdoctoral Scholar working at the Centre National de Séquençage where I'm currently investigating the genomic and functional diversity of reef-building corals . My research is broadly centered around integrative environmental physiology and I'm particularly interested in the molecular and cellular underpinnings of organismal-level responses to climate change drivers in marine symbioses.
Most of my work centers around understanding how changes in the abiotic environment (especially alterations in temperature and pH) influence physiological processes in marine invertebrates, both across taxa, and across life history stages within a single species. I am also interested in biological questions related to organism-environment interactions and scale - how do a species' physiological tolerances influence its performance and distribution and what effect do these variations have on whole ecosystem features and processes? I’ve taken a broadly integrative approach to investigate these types of questions, utilizing both whole organism and functional genomics tools to address physiological hypotheses in a diverse array of taxa (scleractinian corals, porcelain crabs, giant clams, and nudibranchs).
Prior to beginning my postdoctoral work, I completed a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, and earned B.S. degrees in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Zoology from Michigan State University. I also follow Major League Soccer (Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy) and have a deep appreciation for the works of Ursula K. Le Guin. If you haven't read her novel The Dispossessed you should check it out!