I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley advised by Drs. Jonathon Stillman and Mary Power. 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 molluscs.
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 (porcelain crabs, giant clams, and sea hares).
Off the Press
Hill RW, Armstrong EJ, Florn AM, Li Chao, Walquist RW, Edward A. (2017) Abundant betaines in giant clams (Tridacnidae) and western Pacific reef corals, including study of coral betaine acclimatization.
Marine Ecology Progress Series. 56
Environmental physiology of marine and aquatic organisms.
Aquatic ecology and food web dynamics in rivers and their watersheds