People

Meet our team and learn about current projects and interests!

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)

Evolution, decapod phylogenetics, biodiversity, conservation, biogeography, ecology, taxonomy and systematics

Lorian Schweikert
Postdoctoral Associate
Florida International University-Biscayne Bay Campus

3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-250D
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA

 

Neuroethology, sensory physiology, phenotypic plasticity, evolutionary ecology, ontogenetic and anthropogenic effects
Robert Ditter
PhD Candidate
Florida International University-Biscayne Bay Campus

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

 

Molecular ecology, population dynamics, evolution, bushwhacking, phylobiogeography & systematics (phenotypic plasticity v. speciation v. mutation) of anchialine/marine invertebrates (chiefly decapods)

Dr. Danielle DeLeo
Postdoctoral Associate

Florida International University-Biscayne Bay Campus

3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-250F

North Miami, Florida 33181, USA​​​​​​​​​​​

danielledeleo.weebly.com

Transcriptomics, deep sea biology, molecular ecology, marine invertebrates, conservation & the evolution of bioluminescence
Jorge Luis Pérez-Moreno
PhD Candidate
Florida International University-Biscayne Bay Campus

3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-250D
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA

Biospeleology, speleogenomics, transcriptomics, aquatic invertebrates (crustaceans!), evolution, biodiversity & conservation
Robert Tomasetti
PhD Student

Florida International University-Biscayne Bay Campus

3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-250N

North Miami, Florida 33181, USA​​​​​​​​​​​

Connectivity, biodiversity, phylogenetics, biogeography
Zach Nickell
PhD Student

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

Phylogenetics, Decapods, Evolution, Ecology, Conservation
Charles Golightly
Lab Manager / PhD Student

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

Deep ocean exploration and research, conservation, genetics/genomics
Stormie Collins

Lab Manager

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

Phylogenetics, adaptive camouflage, taxonomy, conservation, and bioluminescence. 
Carlos Varela
PhD Student

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

Taxonomy and systematics of marine and freshwater peracarid and decapod crustaceans
Pedro Peres
Visiting PhD Student 

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

Evolutionary biology, Molecular Ecology, Phylogeography, Population genetics/genomics, Marine Ecology
Vanessa Moreno
Research Assistant 

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

Deep sea biology, evolutionary ecology, fish biology and phylogenetic traits in crustaceans.
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
Anchita Sanan
Undergraduate Research Assistant 

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

Deep sea biology, evolutionary ecology, decapod phylogenetics, fish biology!
Chris Rizzie
Research Assistant 

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

Spiny lobster in South Florida, particularly stock management, genetic variation, immigration, emigration, and seasonal migration behavior. 
Nicole Perez
Research Assistant

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

Interests: Genetics / Genomics, evolution, molecular biology, marine invertebrates
Katrina Abel
Research Assistant 

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

Octopus behavior and physiology, coral reef ecology, deep sea exploration, protection and management of our ocean

Previous Lab Members

Dr. Laura Timm
Former PhD Student
Now pursuing a Postdoctoral position at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado.
Alexis Snyder
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant
Stacie Schulman
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Dr. Hernán Vázquez-Miranda
Postdoctoral Associate


 

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

Barbara Moahamed
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Adriana Suarez
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

 

Ahmed Alnahhas
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

 

Joan Glenny
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Jonathan Harms
Former Research Assistant
Blake Wilkins
Former Research Technician 

Lauren Ramos
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant.
Currently pursuing a field technician position in FIU's Everglades Ecology Research Lab under Dr. Joel Trexlor

Sheilla Robles
Former Volunteer - Biscayne Bay Monitoring

Shaina Lear
Former Research Technician

 

Juliet Wong
Former Lab Manager/Research Technician

 

Nicole Odzer
Former High School Research Assistant 

 

Carmen Ekert
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant