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Current Postdoctoral Fellows:

Iris Segura-Garcia, Durham University
Project: Genetic Assissment of Local Postlaral Recruitment of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster Along the Coast of mexico and Honduras
(8/2014 -04/2018 working with S. Canty)

Thomas Sauvage,
Project: Elucidating terpene biosynthetic genes (TPS/CYP) in the chemically-defended genus Caulerpa (Chlorophyta)
(10/2016- 4/2018 working with V. Paul)

Skylar Carlson,
Project:
(7/2017 - working with V. Paul)

Holly Sweat,
Project:
(9/2017 - working with V. Paul)

Graduate Fellow:



Former Postdoctoral Fellows:

Iliana Chollett, University of Queensland, Australia
Project: Comprehensive Reserve Design for Honduras
(7/2014 - 7/2017 working with S. Box)

Courtney Cox, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Project: Using Molecular Techniques to Improve Coral Reef Conservation Management Strategies
(2/2015 - 2/2016 working with S. Box)

Christopher Freeman, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Project: Establishing Baselines for Symbiotic Interactions in Marine Sponges across Naturally Occurring and Anthropogenic Gradients
Project: Northern Indian River Lagoon Super Bloom Project
(1/2013 - 10/2016 working with V. Paul, R. Collin of STRI & N. Knowlton of NMNH)

Francois Seneca, Kewalo Marine Laboratory
Project: Adaptation and Acclimation to Climate Change, Marine Molecular Ecology, Eco-Toxico-Transcriptomics, Coral Reef Ecology Biology
(3/2016- 9/2016 working with V. Paul)

Nathan Truelove, University of Manchester, UK
Project: The Conservation Genetics of Ecologically and Commercially Important Coral Reef Species in the Caribbean
(1/2014 - 8/2017 working with S. Box)

2012 - 2016 Max Teplitski
George E. Burch Fellow in Theoretical Medicine and Affiliated Sciences
Home Institution: University of Florida
Research Topic: Microbial shields: An Investigation of the Role of Beneficial Bacteria in the Health of Symbiotic Organisms
Advisor: V. Paul

2015 - 2016 Eva Galimany
Ph.D. Institution: University of Barcelona
Research Topic: Northern Indian River Lagoon Super Bloom Project
Advisor: V. Paul

2014 - 2016 Jessica Lunt
Ph.D. Institution: Texas A & M University
Research Topic: Effects of Hydrographic Variables on Epifaunal Grazers Within the Indian River Lagoon; Northern Indian River Lagoon Super Bloom Project
Advisor: V. Paul

2014 - 2015 Alexander Tilley
Ph.D. Institution: Bangor University
Research Topic: Integrated Seascape Management in Myanmar: Developing a Suite of Support Tools for Marine Management Decision-Making with Limited Data
Advisor: S. Box

2014 - 2015 Shay O'Farrell
Ph.D. Institution: University of Queensland, Australia
Research Topic: Developing Bioeconomic Tools to Forecast How Marine Reserve Placement Will Impact on Fishing Activity in Honduras
Advisor: S. Box
Current Location: University of California at Davis

2012 - 2015 Justin Campbell
Ph.D. Institution: Florida International University
Research Topic: Plant-Herbivore Interactions in CO2 Enriched Environment:  The Effects of Ocean Acidification in the Productivitiy, Phytochemistry, and Palatability of Marine Vegetation
Advisor: V. Paul and W. Miller (SERC)

2011 - 2014 Niclas Engene
Ph.D. Institution: University of California at San Diego
Research Topic: Phylogenetics to Better Comprehend Chemo-Diversity in Tropical Marine Cyanobacteria
Advisor: V. Paul
Current Location: Florida International University

2010 - 2013 C. Seabird McKeon
Ph.D. Institution: University of Florida
Research Topic: The Evolution and Ecology of the Trapezia-Pocillopora Symbiosis
Advisor: C. Meyer
Current Location: Smithsonian Marine Station

2010 - 2013 Michael Boyle
Ph.D. Institution: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Research Topic: Development, Gene Expression and Life History Diversity in Sipuncula
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama

2011 - 2012 Jennifer Sneed
Ph.D. Institution: Friedrich Schiller University, Germany
Research Topic: Studies on the Use of Marine Cyanobacteria and Microalgae as Pollution Indicators and Coral Larval Settlement Cues
Advisor: V. Paul
Current Location: Smithsonian Marine Station

2010 - 2012 Nicole Fogarty
Ph.D. Institution: Florida State University
Research Topic: Chemical Cues for Reproduction and Recruitment in Caribbean Corals
Advisor: V. Paul
Current Location: NOVA Southeastern University, Florida

2007 - 2011 J. Antonio Baeza
Ph.D. Institution: University of Louisiana at Layfayette
Research Topic: An Empirical Test of Sex Allocation Theory in Simultaneous Hermaphrodites Using Marine Shrimps Lysmata spp. as Model Systems
Advisor: A. Hines, M. Rice
Current Location: Clemson University, South Carolina

2009 - 2011 Jennifer L. DeBose
NOAA/Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Research Topic: Release of Dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) and Other Natural Chemical Products through Reef-Associated Trophic Events and the Corresponding Effects on Reef Fish Behavior
Advisor: V. Paul
Current Location: James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

2010 - 2011 Ronald Baker
Ph.D. Institution: James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Research Topic: Comparative Functional Roles of Mangroves and Marshes
Advisor: C. Feller
Current Location: James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

2010 - 2011 Adelaide Rhodes
Ph.D. Institution: North Carolina State University
Research Topic: Assessment of Meiofaunal Copepod Abundance and Biodiversity in the Indian River Lagoon
Advisor: B. Tunberg
Current Location: Oregon State University

2008 - 2011 (3-5 months each year) Sergey Dobretsov
George E. Burch Fellow in Theoretical Medicine and Affiliated Sciences
Home Institution (Senior Postdoctoral Fellow): Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman
Research Topic: Quorum Sensing Inhibitors from Marine Organisms
Collaborator: V. Paul
Current Location: Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman

2011 (Mar - Jul) Theresa Meickle
Ph.D. Institution: Florida Atlantic University
Research Topic: Secondary Metabolites of Cyanobacterial Blooms of the Indian River Lagoon
Advisor: V. Paul
Current Location: South University, Indiana

2009 - 2010 Amandine Vaslet
Ph.D. Institution: Universite des Antilles et de la Guyane, Guadeloupe
Research Topic: Use of Isotope Signatures to Assess the Importance of Mangroves as Feeding Areas for Mangrove Fish Communities in Florida and Belize
Advisor: C. Baldwin and I. Feller
Current Location: Universite des Antilles et de la Guyane, Guadeloupe

2008 - 2010 James Douglass
Ph.D. Institution: College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
research Topic: Impacts of Marine Reserves on Seagrass Ecology in Tropical and Subtropical Systems
Advisor: A. Hines
Current Location: Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL

2007 - 2009 Kathleen Semon
Ph.D. Institution: University of Miami
Research Topic: Evaluation of Driving Forces that Facilitate and Maintain Cyanobacteria Blooms and Reef Phase Shifts across a Caribbean Gradient
Advisor: V. Paul
Current Location: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, St. Petersburg, FL

2007 - 2009 Katharine Anne Rawlinson
Ph.D. Institution: University of New Hampshire
Research Topic: Comparative Embryonic and Post-Embryonic Development of Polyclad Flatworms
Advisors: M. Rice and J. Norenburg
Current Location: Cambridge, England

2006 - 2008 Karen Arthur
Ph.D. Institution: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Research Topic: The Chemical Ecology of Lyngbya sp. in Florida
Advisor: V. Paul
Current Location: Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii, Honolulu

2006 - 2008 Sarath Gunasekera (Senior Postdoctoral Fellow)
Research Topic: Isolation, Identification and Quantitative Analysis of the Toxic Secondary Metabolites Associated with Cyanobacteria Lyngbya spp. Blooms in Florida
Collaborator: V. Paul
Current Location: Smithsonian Marine Station

2006 - 2008 Koty Sharp
Ph.D. Institution: University of California at San Diego
Research Topic: Investigation of Transmission of Microbes in Gametes and Larvae in Two Caribbean Coral Genera (Montastrea and Porites)
Advisor: V. Paul
Current Location: Eckerd College

2005 - 2007 Cliff Ross (First Year Funding from Center of Excellence for Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology)
Ph.D. Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara
Research Topic: Biochemical and Molecular Ecology of Cyanotoxin Production
Advisor: V. Paul
Current Location: University of North Florida, Jacksonville

2005 - 2007 Carlos Frederico Gurgel
Ph.D. Institution: University of Louisiana
Research Topic: Phylogeography and the Molecular Systematics of Selected Rhodophyta from Fort Pierce (Florida) and Vicinity
Advisor: J. Norris
Current Location: Adelaide, Australia

2005 - 3/2007 Inken Kruse
Ph.D. Institution: University of Maryland
Research Topic: Using Phylogeography and Tests of Host Specificity to Understand the Factors Influencing Parasite Range Limits at a Zoogeographic Boundary
Advisor: A. Hines
Current Location: Germany

2004 - 3/2007 Angela Capper
Ph.D. Institution: University of Queensland, Australia
Research Topic: An Assessment of the Impacts of the Cyanobacterium Lyngbya majuscula upon Consumers and Incidental Grazer Species in Florida
Advisor: V. Paul
Current Location: James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

2006 (May - August) Amy Anne Erickson
Ph.D. Institution: University of South Florida
Research Topic: Lyngbya HAB: Ecology of Toxic Marine Cyanobacteria Lyngbya spp. in Florida Estuarine and Coastal Waters
Advisor: V. Paul
Current Location: Louisiana State University in Shreveport

2005 - 2006 Greg Cronin
Home Institution (Senior Postdoctoral Fellow): University of Colorado
Research Topic: Interspecific Patterns of Resource Allocation Among Seaweed Growth, Chemical Defense, and Stress Tolerance
Current Location: University of Colorado, Denver

2004 - 2006 Anja Schulze
Ph.D. Institution: University of Victoria
Research Topic: Structure and Development of the Nervous System in Sipuncula
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Texas A & M University at Galveston

2004 - 2005 Melany Puglisi
Ph.D. Institution: University of Mississippi
Research Topic: Antimicrobial Chemical Defense of Marine Plants and Algae
Advisor: V. Paul
Current Location: Chicago State University

2003 - 2005 Amy Anne Erickson
Ph.D. Institution: University of South Florida
Research Topics: Studies of Chemical Defenses in Marine Plants; Determination of Whether Feeding Preferences of the Mangrove Tree Crab Aratus pisonii are Chemically Based
Advisor: V. Paul and I. Feller
Current Location: Louisiana State University in Shreveport

2004 - 2005 Sandra Duran
Ph.D. Institution: University of Barcelona
Research Topic: Morphological and Chemical Variation in Sponges Inhabiting Reefs and Mangroves: Cryptic Species or Phenotypic Plasticity?
Advisor: V. Paul and K. Ruetzler
Current Location: Canary Islands

2003 - 2005 Mark Clementz
Ph.D. Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Research Topic: Seasonal Variations in Florida Manatee Habitat and Foraging Preferences Recorded in Cholesterol Values
Advisor: V. Paul
Current Location: University of Wyoming, Laramie

2003 - 2005 Rick Hochberg
Ph.D. Institution: University of New Hampshire
Research Topic: Functional Morphology and Evolution of Gastrotrich Helical Muscles
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: University of Massachusetts, Lowell

2002 - 2004 Scott Santagata
Ph.D. Institution: University of Southern California
Research Topic: Functional Morphology of the Neruomuscular Systems and Ciliated Band Arrangement Among Bryozoan Larvae
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, New York

June-August 2003 Ovidiu Dragastan
Home Institution (senior postdoctoral fellow): University of Bucharest, Romania
Research Topic: Fossil Siphonalean Green Algal Diversity in South Florida Oolites and Limestones
Collaborators: M. and D. Littler
Current Location: University of Bucharest, Romania

2001 - 2003 Sharon Ewe (funded by a Mellon Foundation grant through the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)
Ph.D. Institution: University of Miami
Research Topic: Interactive Effects of Salinity and Nutrients; Linking Physiological Processes with Patterns in Mangrove Forest Structure
Advisors: C. Lovelock and I. C. Feller
Current Location: Florida International University, Miami, Florida

2001 - 2003 Daniel McCarthy
Ph.D. Institution: University of London-King's College
Research Topic: Reproductive Responses to Sublethal Disturbances in the Reef-Building Polychaete Phragmatopoma lapidosa
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida

2001 - 2003 Thomas Stach
Ph.D. Institution: University of Tubingen
Research Topic: Comparative Study of the Ontogeny of Tunicates
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany

2000 - 2002 Susan L. Richardson
Ph.D. Institution: Yale University
Research Topic: Epiphytic Foraminiferans in Seagrass Habitats, Indian River Lagoon: Their Diversity, Distribution and Utility as Indicators of Fossil Seagrass Habitats
Advisor: M. Buzas
Current Location: Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, Florida

2000 - 2002 Eric Edsinger-Gonzales
Predoctoral Fellow: Utrecht University
Research Topic: Evolution of Axis Specification within the Spiralia.
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: University of California at Berkeley

2000 - 2001 Renae Brodie
Ph.D. Institution: University of Washington
Research Topic: Ontogeny of Land Crab Respiratory Structures During the Sea-to-Land Transition.
Advisor: A. Hines
Current Location: Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

1999 - 2000 Bruno Pernet
Ph. D. Institution: University of Washington
Research Topic: Functional Morphology and Evolution of Larval Feeding in Phyllodocidan Polychaetes.
Advisor: M. Rice, K. Fauchald
Current Location: University of California at Long Beach

1998 - 1999 Kevin Brett Johnson
Ph. D. Institution: University of Oregon
Research Topic: The Interplay Between the Length of Larval Life and Size at Metamorphosis in Marine Invertebrates.
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida

1997 - 1998 Martin Thiel
Ph.D. Institution: University of Maine
Research Topic: Reproductive Biology and Social Behavior of Endobiotic Peracarids: A Predictive Approach to the Study of Extended Parental Care
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Universidad Catolica del Norte, Coquimbo, Chile

1996 - 1997 Paul R. Jivoff
Ph.D. Institution: University of Maryland
Research Topic: Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Male Genitalia Structure in Xanthids
Advisor: A. Hines
Current Location: Rider University, New Jersey

1996 - 1997 Michael H. Temkin
Ph.D. Institution: University of Southern California
Research Topic: Sperm-Follicle Cell Interactions During Fertilization in Gymnolaemate Bryozoans
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Saint Lawrence University, Canton, New York

1995 - 1997 Joseph F. Dineen, Jr.
Ph.D. Institution: University of Maryland
Research Topic: Transport of Brachyuran Larvae in a Coastal Lagoon
Advisor: A. Hines
Current Location: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce

1995 - 1996 Jennifer E. Frick
Ph.D. Institution: Clemson University
Research Topic: Establishment of Larval Polarity
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Brevard College, Brevard, North Carolina

1993 - 1994 William B. Jaeckle
Ph.D. Institution: University of Southern California
Research Topic: Modes of Nutrient Assimilation by Somatocoelic Mesothelia in Echinoderm Larvae.
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois

1993 - 1994 Elizabeth J. Balser
Ph.D. Institution: Clemson University
Research Topic: Development of the Gonad in Holothuroid Echinoderms
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois

1991 - 1992 William B. Jaeckle
Ph.D. Institution: University of Southern California
Research Topic: Determination of the Level of Nutritional Integration in Larvae of Benthic Marine Invertebrates
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois

1991 - 1992 Alan W. Harvey
Ph.D. Institution: University of Arizona
Research Topic: Settlement and Metamorphosis Cues in Hermit Crabs
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia

1991 - 1992 Joseph L. Staton
Ph.D. Institution: University of Southwestern Louisiana
Research Topic: Use of Allozymes for the Genetic Identification of Marine Species
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: University of South Carolina, Beaufort, South Carolina

1990 - 1991 C. Bradford Calloway
Ph.D. Institution: Harvard University
Research Topic: Brooding in the Teredinidea (Mollusca, Bivalvia)
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Leica, Inc., Malvern, Pennsylvania

1990 Eve Boucaud-Camou (senior postdoc)
Institution: Universite de Caen, France
Research Topic: Feeding and Digestion in Early Young Cephalopods
Advisor: C. Roper
Current Location: Universite de Caen, France

1989 - 1990 Juliet A. Brodie
Ph.D. Institution: University College, Ireland
Research Topic: Systematics and Life Histories of Liagora (Rhodophyta)
Advisor: J. Norris
Current Location: Natural History Museum, London, England

1988 - 1989 Richard Lowell
Ph.D. Institution: Dalhousie University, Canada
Research Topic: Induced Biochemical and Chemical Responses of Marine Macroalgae to Herbivore Damage
Advisor: M. Littler
Current Location: University of Leeds, United Kingdom

1987 - 1988 Karen Wetmore
Ph.D. Institution: The Johns Hopkins University
Research Topic: Functional Morphology of Foraminiferans
Advisor: M. Buzas
Current Location: University of California, Berkeley

1987 - 1988 Steven Rumrill
Ph.D. Institution: University of Alberta, Canada
Research Topic: Morphological and Experimental Investigations of Larval Settlement and Metamorphosis in Marine Invertebrates
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Newport, Oregon

1986 - 1987 John Kilar
Ph.D. Institution: Dalhousie University
Research Topic: Functional Morphology of Sargassium polyceratium Montagne: A Test of the Functional-Form Model.
Advisor: M. Littler
Current Location: Keio Academy Institute, Purchase, New York

1985 - 1987 RĂ¼diger Bieler
Ph.D. Institution: University of Hamburg
Research Topic: The Gastropod Family Vermetidae in the Subtropical Western Atlantic (Taxonomy, Biology, and Ecology)
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois

1985 - 1986 Beth Okamura
Ph.D. Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Research Topic: Partitioning of Food Resources by Bryozoans
Advisors: A. Cheetham, M. Rice
Current Location: University of Reading, Reading, UK

1984 - 1985 Sarah L. Armstrong
Ph.D. Institution: Duke University
Research Topic: Thallus Form in the Genus Caulerpa: Response to the Physical Environment
Advisor: M. Littler
Current Location: Milsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi

1983 - 1984 Maria Byrne
Ph.D. Institution: University of Victoria, Canada
Research Topic: Reproductive Biology of Caribbean Ophiuroids That Brood Their Young
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

1982 - 1983 Jon Norenburg
Ph.D. Institution: Northeastern University
Research Topic: Development Biology of Nermertines from Florida
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC

1980 - 1981 Jan Factor
Ph.D. Institution: Cornell University
Research Topic: Studies on the Larval Development, Histology, and Ultrastructure of the Lobster Nephropsis aculeata (Decapoda: Nephropidae)
Advisors: R. Gore, M. Rice
Current Location: State University of New York, Purchase, New York

1979 - 1980 Robert Burke
Ph.D. Institution: University of Alberta, Canada
Research Topic: Echinoid Metamorphosis: Resorption and Transformation Larval Structures.
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada

1979 - 1980 Malcolm G. Erskian (Deceased)
Ph.D. Institution: University of California, Davis
Research Topic: Dynamics of Spatial Patterns in Epiphytic Foraminifera
Advisor: M. Buzas

1978 - 1980 H. Jack MacDonald
Ph.D. Institution: Clark University
Reserach Topic: The Reproductive Biology of the Decapod Crustaceans of the Indian River Region of Florida
Advisors: R. Gore, M. Rice

1978 - 1979 Bruce R. Bartlett
Ph.D. Institution: Oregon State University
Research Topic: The Reproductive Biology of Brooding Bivalves.
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: US Department of Agriculture, Corvallis, Oregon

1977 - 1979 John F. Pilger
Ph.D. Institution: University of Southern California
Research Topic: Systematics, Reproduction, and Distribution of Themiste (Sipuncula) on the East Coast of North America.
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia

1976 - 1978 Edward E. Ruppert
Ph.D. Institution: University of North Carolina
Research Topic: Comparative Investigation of Pharynges in Pseudocoelomates, One Group of Lophophorates, and One Group of Annelida.
Advisor: M. Rice
Current Location: Professor Emeritus, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

Former Predoctoral/Smithsonian Graduate Fellows:

2014 - 2015 Azra Blythe-Mallett University of the West Indies
Research Topic: The Genetic Diversity and Composition of Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) Populations in Jamaica and Relations to Management
Advisor: S. Box

2015 Angelo Spadaro, Old Dominion University
Project: Multiple Consumer Effects of Mithracid Crabs on Benthic Macroalgal Community Structure on Coral Reefs

2015 Juliana Lopez, The University of York, UK
Project: Effectiveness of Mangrove and Estuaries Protection for Fisheries Purposes in the Eastern Tropical Pacific

2014 (Aug - Dec) Megan Riley (SERC Fellow based at SMS - working with I. Feller)
Ph.D. Institution: University of South Carolina
Project: Investigating Underlying Mechanisms of Life History Variation in a Climate-Induced Range Expansion


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