I am a recent graduate of the B.S. Marine Biology program and Restoration Science and Management minor at the University of Rhode Island and am planning on entering into a Masters or Ph. D. program in the Fall of 2020.
As a post-graduate, I am currently working as a research assistant in the Putnam Lab. In the lab, I work alongside Ph.D. candidate Kevin Wong in investigating the mechanisms causing intra- and trans-generational acclimatization of reef-building coral, Porites astreoides, in response to environmental change. I perform field and laboratory techniques such as chlorophyll analysis, Symbiodiniaceae cell counts, RNA and DNA extractions, and BCA total protein assays to help piece together the mechanisms behind these complex processes.
My research interests are focused on investigating the mechanisms that allow hermatypic corals to adapt and acclimatize to multiple simultaneous stressors, and the implications of these mechanisms towards conservation and ecology.
CAN WE PREDICT HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS WITH CYANOBACTERIA FRACTIONATION?
May 2017 - Jan 2018
Mentors: Linda Green and Elizabeth Herron
URI Watershed Watch
BEHAVIORAL MECHANISMS UNDERLYING PARASITE-MEDIATED COMPETITION FOR REFUGES IN A CORAL REEF FISH
May 2018 - May 2019
Mentor: Graham Forrester
* Manuscript submitted to the Journal of Scientific Reports May 31, 2019
WHAT MECHANISMS ALLOW STONY CORALS TO ACCLIMATIZE TO THERMAL STRESS?
Jan 2018 - Current
Mentors: Hollie Putnam and Kevin Wong
The Putnam Lab