I am broadly interested in understanding unique cellular processes and molecular pathways involved in microorganism communication with their environment or host. In 2010, I entered the Weis lab where my Ph.D. research interests are centered on investigating the mechanisms involved in cell signaling processes in marine symbiotic cnidarians during symbiont uptake and coral bleaching. Communication through cell signaling allows the cnidarians host and its endosymbiotic algae to perceive and respond to their microenvironment initiating homeostasis, inter- and intracellular recognition, immunity, and apoptosis mechanisms yet this processes are still poorly understood in this system. Specifically, my current research will address manipulations of the sphingosine rheostat by the symbiotic algae during infection and how this is connected to important secondary messengers like calcium within the host cell. Furthermore, my project will address the changes of the sphingosine rheostat and cytosolic calcium during symbiosis breakdown.
I completed my B.S. in Marine Biology with Honors from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2007, where I studied the innervation of dorsoventral muscles in the pteropod mollusc, Clione limacina in regulating wing stiffness during swim acceleration. In 2010, I received my Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington under the direction of Dr. Alison Taylor. My thesis project explored the role of brevetoxins as an allelopathic mechanism between the prolific harmful algae species, Karenia brevis and other non-toxic phytoplankton.
Since joining the Weis lab in 2011, my research has focused on Cnidarian reproductive biology, endocrinology, and bioinformatics. Currently, I’m aiming to describe the cellular and molecular mechanisms associated with reproductive timing in corals (Pocillopora sp.) and sea anemones (Aiptasia sp.). I am investigating whether common reproductive hormones in vertebrates, such as estrogen and testosterone, play roles in cellular signaling pathways associated with Cnidarian reproductive cycles. Additionally, I’d like to determine whether common pollutants and increased seawater temperature, associated with climate change, interfere with these natural reproductive processes.
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I am a first year PhD student in the Weis Lab at Oregon State University. I am interested in the effects of climate change, specifically ocean acidification, on the symbiosis between the temperate sea anemone Anthopleura elegantissima, its bacterial community, and its microalgal symbionts, Symbiodinium spp. and Elliptochloris marina (collectively referred to as the holobiont). Currently, I am studying carbonic anhydrase and the role it plays in internal pH regulation and symbiosis maintenance. I am also working on several projects using stable isotope analysis and q-PCR to examine differences in symbiosis across a latitudinal and environmental gradients.
I completed my B.S. in Marine Biology with Honors from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2015, where I studied the importance of heterotrophy and photoautotrophic symbiosis for growth of the sea anemone Aiptasia pallida. I completed my honors project under the direction of Dr. Joseph Pawlik, who had an influential impact on my goals and ideas about science and my career.
Position at OSU
PhD awarded 2015
Instructor, Western Oregon University
IFREMER / Centre du Pacifique, Départment Resources Biologiques Environement Unité Resources Marines en Polynésie Française
Postdoc Fellow 2010-2012
PhD awarded 2010
Assistant Professor, Whitney Labs, University of Florida
Faculty Research Assistant 1996-2005, Graduate Student 2009-2012
Postdoc USDA Corvallis, Oregon
Visiting graduate student 2008-2011
Graduate student Victoria University at Wellington, New Zealand
PhD awarded 2008
Research/Communications Program Manager at
Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE), Honolulu, HI
Chief Scientific Officer, Coral Biome, France
PhD awarded 2007
Research Scientist, US Forest Service
PhD awarded 2007
Assistant Professor, College of San Mateo, California
Researcher, National Oceanography Centre, UK
PhD awarded 2004
Assistant Professor, Florida International University
PhD awarded 2002
Associate Professor, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Visiting graduate student from Tel Aviv University 2001-2003
Marine Biologist Consultant
Associate Professor, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, U. of Maryland
Professor, Marine Maritime Academy