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
Dr. 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
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
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
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)

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
Lauren Ballou
PhD Candidate

Florida International University-

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

Phylogenetics, Biogeography, Evolution, Anchialine Cave Crustaceans
Charles Golightly
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, systematics, conservation, and bioluminescence
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
Pedro Peres
Visiting PhD Candidate

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
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
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
Jade Uhalt
Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Florida International University-

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

Phylogenetics, evolution, ecology, conservation, biodiversity, marine invertebrates

Previous Lab Members

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​​​​​​​​​​

Anchita Sanan
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant
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

Katrina Abel
Former Research Assistant 
Blake Wilkins
Former Research Technician 

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

Lauren Ramos
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant
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 

 

Juliet Wong
Former Lab Manager/ Research Technician

 

Barbara Moahamed
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

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Carmen Ekert
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant 

 

Nicole Odzer
Former High School Research Assistant 

 

Dr. Hernán Vázquez-Miranda
Postdoctoral Associate