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

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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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​Evolution, decapod phylogenetics, biodiversity, conservation, biogeography, ecology, taxonomy and systematics
Evolutionary biology, Molecular Ecology, Phylogeography, Population genetics/genomics, Marine Ecology
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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​​​​​​​​​​​

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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

Phylogenetics, Biogeography, Evolution, Anchialine Cave Crustaceans
Paleobiology, Taxonomy, Phylogenetics, Macroevolution, Visual systems, Exceptional preservation
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​​​​​​​​​​​

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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

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

Taxonomy and systematics of marine and freshwater peracarid and decapod crustaceans
Charles Golightly
MS Student

Florida International University-

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

Contact: cgoli005@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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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

Deep ocean exploration and research, conservation, genetics/genomics
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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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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

Visual and Sensory Ecology, Phylogenetics, Physiology, Deep-Sea Ecology, Evolutionary Adaptations
Conservation genetics, elasmobranch fisheries management, community engaged research, environmental DNA
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Lys Isma
Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Florida International University-

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

Genetics in public health, epidemiology, microbiology

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​​​​​​​​​​

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Jade Uhalt
Former Research Assistant 

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Anchita Sanan
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 

Joan Glenny
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Alexis Snyder
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant
Stacie Schulman
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Katrina Abel
Former Research Assistant 
Blake Wilkins
Former Research Technician 

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Jonathan Harms
Former Research Assistant
Alyssa Morgan
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 
Sheilla Robles
Former Volunteer - Biscayne Bay Monitoring

Lauren Ramos
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant
Juliet Wong
Former Lab Manager/ Research Technician

 

Barbara Moahamed
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

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Shaina Lear
Former Research Technician

 

Julian Martínez
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

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Adriana Suarez
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

 

Ahmed Alnahhas
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

 

Nicole Odzer
Former High School Research Assistant 

 

Carmen Ekert
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

 

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Joe Brennan
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

 

Dr. Hernán Vázquez-Miranda
Postdoctoral Associate