The CRUSTOMICS 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, MSB 361 (office) /330 (lab)
Assistant Director of the Coastlines and Oceans Division, Institute of Environment
Congrats to Dr. Pedro Peres for receiving Best Oral Presentation in the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology's Division of Phylogenetics and Comparative Biology (SICB DPCB) Wake Award Session!
Carlos Valera has successfully defended his dissertation "DNA BARCODING ENHANCES LARGE-SCALE BIODIVERSITY INITIATIVES FOR DEEP-PELAGIC CRUSTACEANS WITHIN THE GULF OF MEXICO AND ADJACENT WATERS" and successfully obtained his doctorate. Congrats Dr. Valera!
Charles Golightly has successfully defended his thesis "The Evolution of Bioluminescence in the Shrimp Family Sergestidae: a
Genome Skimming and Phylogenetic Approach" and received his Masters. Congrats Charles!
Stormie Collins and Natalie Whitaker joined Fall 2021 as doctoral students. Stormie plans on working with bioluminescence in shrimp and Natalie plans on working with spider crab seascape genomics!
Harrison Mancke became the lab manager and received the NSF REPS fund!
Cancellus heatherae is a newly described species of hermit crab named after Dr. BG to honor her contributions to decapod phylogenetics. It was found over 300 feet down!
Congrats to Dr. Jorge Perez Moreno for successfully defending his dissertation on the evolution and vision of cave crustaceans!
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"!
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!
PI HBG received an NSF grant to study the evolution of deep sea bioluminescence and vision with Megan Porter (University of Hawaii) and Tammy Frank (NOVA). Looking forward to some exciting research!
Image credit Sönke Johnsen.
PI BG and PhD student, Jorge Perez Moreno are setting sail on July 14th to search for new sources of deep sea bioluminescence in the Gulf of Mexico