Before coming to USC, Emily obtained her B.S. in Microbiology at CSULA. Her research interests are driven by an insatiable fascination with host-microbe interactions. Currently, she is investigating symbioses between marine bacteria, algae and cnidarian animals in the Kenkel lab.
I am a first-generation PhD student in Dr. Jed Fuhrman’s lab at USC studying ecological interactions between marine bacteria and viruses using metagenomics. In 2017, I graduated with a B.S. Degree in Biology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in Marine Biology. I love conducting research at sea. I’ve previously worked on research cruises in the South China Sea (R/V Falkor 2016) and Northern Gulf of Mexico (R/V Endeavor 2016 & 2017) characterizing the phytoplankton community using flow cytometry and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) pigment concentrations.
Heidi Aronson is a PhD candidate in the Amend Lab and the Macalady Lab (Penn State). She graduated from Occidental College in 2016 where she studied the gut microbiome of a deep sea, bone-eating snail. She also worked as a Planetary Protection Engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. At USC, Heidi’s dissertation research utilizes thermodynamics, geochemistry, cultivation, isotopic analyses, and genomics to study novel and understudied microbial metabolisms from the Frasassi Caves (Italy) and the Valles Caldera (NM).
Teagan is from Staunton, Virginia and currently holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has previously worked with Dr. Lawrence Band on modelling land use change implications on distributed biogeochemical cycling. Teagan is now working with Dr. Melissa Guzman in the Ecological Data Science lab and is interested in how various computational tools can be used to effectively plan marine conservation areas and manage multiple conflicting uses. He hopes his research will be useful to policymakers to improve biodiversity in sensitive areas and increase the wellbeing of threatened marine populations.
My research interests are centred on the complex, dynamic, and paramountly important relationship between marine phytoplankton and Earth’s climate system. As an erstwhile software engineer, I gravitate heavily toward computational and data-driven methodologies.
Ph.D. Candidate in David Caron’s protistan ecology lab. BS in Marine Biology, UC San Diego (2017). I combine molecular and imaging techniques with trophic transfer experiments to explore questions of protistan ecology and their role in the open ocean carbon cycle.
I received my B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University before pursuing my Ph.D. here at USC with Andrew Gracey and Sergey Nuzhdin (MCB). My research focuses on genomic approaches to selective breeding of commercial bivalve species for resilience to climate change and sustainable aquaculture.
I am a PhD candidate in the Gracey and Nuzhdin labs. In 2018, I graduated with a BS in Biology and Minor in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke University, where I studied epigenetics. At USC, my PhD dissertation investigates circadian regulation of giant kelp physiology, primarily utilizing transcriptomics. I also dabble in genomics, enzymatic assays, and microscopy to assess circadian impacts on fitness. This is basic science research, building foundational knowledge which can be applied to sustainable aquaculture and kelp forest restoration.
Cheung, Yan Yin Jenny
PhD student in the Ecological Data Science Lab. MPhil in Marine Environmental Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2021). During my master’s study, I used statistical models to study the effect of global climate change and anthropogenic input of nutrients on the survival of phytoplankton in estuaries. My research at USC focuses on the metacommunities and the utilization of occupancy models in the marine ecosystem.
I’m Catie, and I’m a PhD student in the Webb lab studying Cyanobacteria microbial ecology and biogeography.
Ph.D. Candidate in the Edmands Lab studying applications of theory and methods from evolutionary biology to aquatic ecotoxicology. I completed my B.S. in Biology (Ecology, Evolution and Conservation) at the University of Washington in 2019.
Di Blasi, Daria
I graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA in 2022. I am a PhD student in the Fuhrman lab with research interests related to marine viruses and their impact on microbial community structure and biogeochemical cycles.
Jenna is originally from Frankfurt, Germany and received her M.S. in Marine Biology and Ecology from the University of Miami in 2020. Her current research in the CEE Lab is focused on genetic and functional diversity in reef-building corals used for reef restoration. She is especially interested in how coral’s existing adaptive capacity can be leveraged to make restored reefs more resilient to a changing climate.
Dinneen, Mary Kate
I am a Ph.D. student in Dr. David Hutchins’s lab. I got my M.S. in marine biology at Xiamen University, China. My current research mainly focuses on the physiological and molecular impact of ocean warming and iron limitation on marine cyanobacteria, and explores the difference between short-term responses and long-term adaptation in them.
Ph.D. Candidate with James Moffett researching trace metal biogeochemistry, with a specific focus on the offshore transport of redox-active metal species and microbes from hypoxic continental shelves to the interior ocean basin. I completed two cruises in 2021 off of the Oregon coast.
Maya (she/her) is a Ph.D student in the Cnidarian Evolutionary Ecology Lab, studying under the mentorship of Dr. Carly Kenkel and in collaboration with the Perry Institute for Marine Science. Maya’s research examines phenotypic plasticity (ecophysiology and morphology) of Caribbean reef-building corals in the face of climate change and disease. Maya graduated from Middlebury College in 2020 with a B.A. in Biology and Spanish. In her free time, you may find Maya outside hiking, gardening, or making art.
I obtained my B.Sc. in Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley where I studied the genetics and biogeographical distribution of iodate reduction in marine microbes. After graduating, I spent a short while in industry utilizing HTP techniques to metabolically engineer novel pathways in both yeast and Gram-positive bacteria. I am currently a graduate student in Dr. Cameron Thrash’s lab researching prokaryote community dynamics that maintain seasonal hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
I am a PhD Candidate in the Hutchins Lab. My thesis focuses on examining the impacts of multiple climate change drivers on harmful algal bloom dynamics. I am also interested in STEM outreach and education.
Lanclos, V. Celeste
Ph.D Candidate in Cameron Thrash’s lab.
Adib is originally from Indonesia and he earned his master degree in marine conservation from the University of Tasmania in 2016. He worked as a MPA and Biodiversity officer at Seram Seas at WWF-Indonesia for 1.5 years before working as a lecturer at the Institut Teknologi Sumatera, Lampung Province, since 2018 (currently on leave of absence). He joined CEE Lab with Dr. Carly Kenkel and interested in studying genetics of reef-building corals that have a resiliency to climate change scenario and symbiotic relationship between corals and microalgae to improve coral reef restoration efforts. He is also one of the Fulbright scholars at USC.
I’m a Ph.D student in the Gracey lab and received my B.S. in Marine and Coastal Science from UC Davis in 2020. I am currently investigating the physiological and organismal responses of the Dungeness crab and red sea urchin under exposure to ocean acidification and hypoxia. My goal is to extend this work to some fish species as well!
My name is Daniel Olivares-Zambrano and I am a native of SoCal as I grew up in East LA and Rialto, CA. I am a PhD student in the Marine and Environmental Biology PhD Program at USC. I will be studying the evolution of coral symbiosis under the mentorship of Dr. Carly Kenkel. I recently finished my MS in Biology at CSULA with Dr. Andres Aguilar studying depth based adaptation in rockfish and did my undergrad at CSUMB. In addition to my research, I have devoted my time to being a mentor for undergraduate students as a TRIO Student Support Services mentor at CSUMB for three years and as a Cofounder of the McNair Scholars Alumni Mentorship Program at CSUMB. I enjoy doing research and mentoring students and plan to continue doing it as a career.
I am excited about the questions that can be explored, answered and generated with genetic information. I’m currently using 18S rRNA gene sequences, and sequenced mRNA transcripts to probe the ecology of free living communities of unicellular eukaryotes (protists) across space and time. I aim to improve our understanding of the species-species interactions and abiotic-factors that shape protistan communities.
Osorio, Danny Alejandro
I am originally from Colombia. I am a PhD student at the Gomez-Consarnau lab. I’m interested in studying bacterial adaptations in response to stress, and the role of photoheterotrophy in marine microbes.
I’m interested in the role that heterotrophic bacteria play in regulating global ocean biogeochemical cycles, and how we can better classify them for greater incorporation into Earth System Models.
I am a PhD candidate in Carly Kenkel’s lab where I focus on teasing apart genetic and environmental factors driving holobiont performance in corals and sea anemones across environmental gradients using a combination of tank experiments, genetics, and transcriptomics.
I am a PhD candidate in the Hutchins lab using physiological and ‘omics techniques to understand the response of marine picocyanobacteria to simultaneous warming and nutrient limitation. Broad scientific interests include climate change and the role of marine microbes in biogeochemical cycling.
Kimberly is a PhD student interested in examining vertebrate evolution through morphology, genetics, and paleontological methods. Her current research with Suzanne Edmands at USC and Xiaoming Wang at the L.A. Natural History Museum seeks to explore the evolutionary history of the island fox and its relationship to the mainland grey fox using both fossil and modern samples.
My current research focuses on understanding the distribution pattern and the availability of various B vitamins, a group of essential organic metabolites required by all life forms, in the global surface ocean, I also work to establish the role of B vitamins in shaping phytoplankton dynamics.
MEB graduate student studying the unique applications of kelp, such as being used for biofuels and fertilizers.
Jelani is a Phd Student in the Fuhrman lab interested in using multi-omics approaches to gain insight into how marine microbes, across diverse taxa, respond to abiotic stresses and interactions with the marine virosphere.
Ph.D. Candidate with David Hutchins in Marine Biology & Biological Oceanography, BA in Environmental Biology, Barnard College (2012)
Maya’s background is in Astronomy , but she is now pursuing a PhD in Geobiology. This combination is perfect for the field of Astrobiology. Maya’s thesis work focuses on the habitability of Saturn’s moon Titan for acetylenotrophy using planetary science, bioenergetics, and laboratory culturing work. Her co-advisors are Jan Amend (USC) and Morgan Cable (NASA-JPL)