People

Meet our team and learn about current projects and interests!

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Dr. Heather Bracken Grissom

Florida International University-Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-353
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA​​​​​​​​​​​
305 919-4190 (Phone)

Contact:hbracken@fiu.edu

​Evolution, decapod phylogenetics, biodiversity, conservation, biogeography, ecology, taxonomy and systematics
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Dr. Lauren Ballou
Postdoctoral Associate

Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-330
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA

Contact: lballou@fiu.edu​​​​​​​​​​​

Phylogenetics, Biogeography, Evolution, Anchialine Cave Crustaceans
Robert Tomasetti
PhD Candidate

Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus

3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-250N

North Miami, Florida 33181, USA

Contact: roetti@fiu.edu​​​​​​​​​​​

Connectivity, biodiversity, phylogenetics, biogeography
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Zach Nickell
MS Student

Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-250N
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA​​​​​​​​​​​

Contact: znick001@fiu.edu

Phylogenetics, Decapods, Evolution, Ecology, Conservation
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Stormie Collins

PhD Student

Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-330
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA​​​​​​​​​​​

Contact: scoll064@fiu.edu

Phylogenetics, taxonomy, systematics, bioluminescence, conservation, and adaptive camouflage
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Dr. Pedro Peres
Postdoctoral Associate

Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-330
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA

Contact: pdasilva@fiu.edu

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Evolutionary biology, Molecular Ecology, Phylogeography, Population genetics/genomics, Marine Ecology
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Dr. Javier Luque
Postdoctoral Associate

Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-330
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA​​​​​​​​​​​

Contact: jaluque@fiu.edu

Paleobiology, Taxonomy, Phylogenetics, Macroevolution, Visual systems, Exceptional preservation
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Carlos Varela
PhD Candidate

Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-330
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA​​​​​​​​​​​

Contact: varela06@gmail.com

Taxonomy and systematics of marine and freshwater peracarid and decapod crustaceans
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Jessica Quinlan
PhD Candidate 

Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-250N
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA​​​​​​​​​​​

Contact: jquin212@fiu.edu

Conservation genetics, elasmobranch fisheries management, community engaged research, environmental DNA
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Natalie Whitaker

PhD Student

Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-330
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA​​​​​​​​​​​

Contact: nwhit047@fiu.edu

Conservation, evolution, population genetics, biodiversity, environmental policy
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Harrison Mancke
Lab Manager

Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-330
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA​​​​​​​​​​​

Contact: hmanc004@fiu.edu

Visual and Sensory Ecology, Phylogenetics, Physiology, Deep-Sea Ecology, Evolutionary Adaptations
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Nathalie Perea Caicedo
Research Intern
Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-330
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA​​​​​​​​​​​

Hydrothermal vents, Deep sea, Bioluminescence, Conservation and Regeneration 
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Jack Brett
Research Intern
Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-330
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA​​​​​​​​​​​

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David-Jason Guillou
Research Intern
Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-330
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA​​​​​​​​​​​

Computational Biology, Conservation, Invertebrate Zoology, Kelp Forest and Tidal Pool Ecology
Medicine, Echinoderm Ecology, Marine Biology,
Saxophone

Previous Lab Members

Dr. Danielle DeLeo
Assistant Visiting Professor
Haverford College

370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041
(610) 896-1000

danielledeleo.weebly.com

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Dr. Lorian Schweikert
Former Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow
Now Assistant Professor at 
University of North Carolina Wilmington

 

Dr. Robert Ditter
Former PhD Student
Now pursuing a Postdoctoral 
position at the University of California, Davis​​​​​​​​​​.

 

Dr. Laura Timm
Former PhD Student
Now pursuing a Postdoctoral position at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Jorge Luis Pérez-Moreno
Now pursuing a Postdoctoral position at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado​​​​​​​​​​

Charles Golighty, MS
Former Master's Student
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Lys Isma
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

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Joe Brennan
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

 

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Vanessa Moreno
Former Research Assistant 

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Nicole Perez
Former Research Assistant​​​​​​​​​​​
Chris Rizzie
Former Research Assistant 

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Jade Uhalt
Former Research Assistant 

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Anchita Sanan
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant
Stacie Schulman
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Katrina Abel
Former Research Assistant 
Blake Wilkins
Former Research Technician 

Joan Glenny
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

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Jonathan Harms
Former Research Assistant
Alexis Snyder
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sheilla Robles
Former Volunteer - Biscayne Bay Monitoring

Lauren Ramos
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant
Alyssa Morgan
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 
Julian Martínez
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

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Adriana Suarez
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

 

Juliet Wong
Former Lab Manager/ Research Technician

 

Ahmed Alnahhas
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

 

Barbara Moahamed
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

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Shaina Lear
Former Research Technician

 

Nicole Odzer
Former High School Research Assistant 

 

Carmen Ekert
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

 

Dr. Hernán Vázquez-Miranda
Postdoctoral Associate