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​​​​​​​​​​​

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

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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

Phylogenetics, Taxonomy, Systematics, Bioluminescence, Conservation, Adaptive Camouflage
Conservation, Evolution, Population Genetics, Biodiversity, Environmental Policy
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Angel Rodriguez
Lab Manager
Florida International University-

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

Contact: ahrodrig@fiu.edu

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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​​​​​​​​​​​

Marine Chemistry, Ocean Acidification, Community Ecology, Deep-Sea Parasitism, Astrochemistry
Hydrothermal Vents, Deep Sea, Bio-luminescence, Conservation and Regeneration 
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Jackie Brett
Research Assistant
Florida International University-

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

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Joseph Bednarik
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
Behavioral Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Marine Microbiology, and Shark Biology

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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Dr. Hernán Vázquez-Miranda
Postdoctoral Associate


 

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Dr. Carlos Varela
Former PhD Student
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Harrison Mancke

Former Lab Manager
Now pursuing PhD at University of North Carolina, Wilmington
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Jessica Quinlan
Former PhD Candidate 

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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 

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

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

 

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Jonathan Harms
Former Research Assistant
Alyssa Morgan
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 

 

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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David-Jason Guillou
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant