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)

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

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
Carlos Varela
PhD Candidate

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
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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​​​​​​​​​​​

Phylogenetics, Decapods, Evolution, Ecology, Conservation
Stormie Collins

PhD Student

Florida International University-

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

Phylogenetics, taxonomy, systematics, bioluminescence, conservation, and adaptive camouflage
Dr. Danielle DeLeo
Postdoctoral Associate

Florida International University-

Biscayne Bay Campus

3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-250F

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

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Transcriptomics, deep sea biology, molecular ecology, marine invertebrates, conservation & the evolution of bioluminescence
Dr. Lauren Ballou
Postdoctoral Associate

Florida International University-

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

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​​​​​​​​​​​

Connectivity, biodiversity, phylogenetics, biogeography
Charles Golightly
MS 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
Natalie Whitaker

PhD Student

Florida International University-

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

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​​​​​​​​​​​

Visual and Sensory Ecology, Phylogenetics, Physiology, Deep-Sea Ecology, Evolutionary Adaptations
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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
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Joe Brennan
Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Florida International University-

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

Coral-Algal symbiosis, thermal stress physiological response, genetic adaptation, conservation

Previous Lab Members

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
Former PhD Student​​​​​​​​​​

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Jade Uhalt
Former Research Assistant 

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Anchita Sanan
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant
Joan Glenny
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Alexis Snyder
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant
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Jonathan Harms
Former Research Assistant
Alyssa Morgan
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 

 

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Vanessa Moreno
Former Research Assistant 

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

Stacie Schulman
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Katrina Abel
Former Research Assistant 
Blake Wilkins
Former Research Technician 

Sheilla Robles
Former Volunteer - Biscayne Bay Monitoring

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

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Adriana Suarez
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

 

Ahmed Alnahhas
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

 

Juliet Wong
Former Lab Manager/ Research Technician

 

Dr. Hernán Vázquez-Miranda
Postdoctoral Associate