EVOLUTION * PHYLOGENETICS * BIODIVERSITY * CONSERVATION
About The Lab
My lab is fundamentally interested in the evolution of marine invertebrates with an emphasis on decapod crustaceans. We use morphological and molecular techniques to address questions related to their relationships, origins, biogeography, biodiversity, ecology, taxonomy, and conservation. My main research objectives include 1) decapod phylogenetics and genomics, 2) the evolution of systems and structures (ex. bioluminescence, vision, color), and 3) the identification of key morphological traits that promote diversification and speciation within this group.
Heather Bracken-Grissom, PhD
Florida International University -
Biscayne Bay Campus
Assistant Director of the Coastlines and Oceans Division, Institute of Environment
Associate Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences
North American Governor, The Crustacean Society
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Latest CRUSTOMICS Lab News:
CRUSTOMICS Lab is crushing it!
Zach and Charles both passed their qualifying exams with flying colors! Congrats to both!
2021 has been a productive year so far.
Check out our newest publications here!
Stormie was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to join the doctoral program in Fall 2021!
One of eleven students to be awarded at FIU. Read more here!
Carlos receives the Dissertation Year Fellowship at FIU!
Way to go!
Stormie won FIRST PLACE for the poster session at the 2021 Biosymposium for graduate and prospective students!
A big congratulations to Robb as he successfully defended his dissertation and accepted a postdoctoral research position at University of California, Davis! Good luck Dr. Ditter!
Bracken-Grissom appointed as the Assistant Director of Coastlines and Oceans Division at FIU. Read more here!
A BIG congratulations to Lori for accepting an Assistant Professorship position in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington!
HBG part of a research team to discover interactions between a pelagic shark and giant cephalopod! Read more here!
Robert was awarded NSF GRFP!
CRUSTOMICS lab keeping up the good work!
Good news train continues. Congrats to Robb on receiving the DYF fellowship!
Lori has received an extension to her Distinguished Postdoc Fellowship at FIU to stay 1 more year!
Congrats to Dr. Jorge Perez Moreno for successfully defending his dissertation on the evolution and vision of cave crustaceans!
Carlos and Robb rocked it at Biosymposium this year! Carlos killed his poster presentation and Robb was awarded with best talk! Way to go, guys!
CRUSTOMICS lab at an outreach function with the Miami Heat and FIU!
The Bracken-Grissom lab was well represented at Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 2020! HBG, Danielle, Lori, and Lauren all gave sea-riously impressive presentations!
HBG and Lori set sail on the Journey into Midnight research mission during which the research team captured video of the elusive giant squid! Watch the video and read more here!
The CRUSTOMICS lab and Harvard University awarded new NSF grant (DEB) to study Crab Tree of Life and how crabs became "crabby"!
CRUSTOMICS lab welcomes undergraduate Stormie Collins as the new lab manager!
The CRUSTOMICS Lab celebrates cataloguing its 10,000th crustacean specimen! With records dating back nearly 75 years, this milestone accomplishment is one to remember!
The Bracken-Grissom Spring 2019 Potluck goes in the books as a crabtastic success! Delicious food, beautiful weather, and clawfully good company! It doesn't get any better than that.
Work it, Robb! You're really krillin it....
The first PhD student, Laura Timm, graduates from the HBG lab and has accepted a post-doc in David Pollock's lab at UC Denver!
Postdoc, Danielle DeLeo, and PI HBG receive NSF grant to host the 3rd annual Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance in Curacao! DeLeo also successful in helping obtain a shiptime grant to help co-teach Oceanography at Sea at FIU!
Congrats to Jorge Perez Moreno for receiving NSF DDIG grant to study cave crustaceans!
Check out our bioluminescence BLOG blog under the "more options" from this summers research cruise into the FL Straits as part of NSF funded research to study bioluminescence and vision