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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

​Evolution, decapod phylogenetics, biodiversity, conservation, biogeography, ecology, taxonomy and systematics
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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. 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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Phylogenetics, Biogeography, Evolution, Anchialine Cave Crustaceans
Evolutionary biology, Molecular Ecology, Phylogeography, Population genetics/genomics, Marine Ecology
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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
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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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

Marine Chemistry, Ocean Acidification, Community Ecology, Deep-Sea Parasitism, Genetics
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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​​​​​​​​​​​

Computational Biology, Conservation, Invertebrate Zoology, Kelp Forest and Tidal Pool Ecology
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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​​​​​​​​​​​

Hydrothermal Vents, Deep Sea, Bio-luminescence, Conservation and Regeneration 
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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​​​​​​​​​​​

Behavioral Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Marine Microbiology, and Shark Biology
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Amalia Chavez
Research Intern
Florida International University-

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

Bioluminescence, Morphology, Conservation, Ecology and Taxonomy 
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Angela Ceballos
Research Intern
Florida International University-

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

Bioluminescence, Behavioral Ecology, Conservation, Phylogenetics, and Evolution 

Previous Lab Members

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Dr. Javier Luque
Former Post-Doctoral Fellow
Currently serving as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
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 

 

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