Associate Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington where his research focuses on characterizing physiological responses of marine organisms to environmental change.
My research aims to improve our understanding of the physiological responses of marine invertebrates to natural and human-driven environmental change. Specifically, I am interested the role of epigenetics, processes that can alter gene activity without changes to the underlying DNA sequence, in mediating environmental responses in shellfish. I am using the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) as a model to examine the role of DNA methylation in regulating interactions between genes and the environment. Through this work I hope to better understand the pathways through which environmental contaminants, such as endocrine disruptors, induce physiological changes and to determine whether these induced changes can be passed on to future generations
I am currently a masters student in Steven Roberts’ lab at the University of Washington in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. My general research interests are studying aquatic ecosystem health as a function of environmental change, with an emphasis on the study of epigenetics.
My current research focuses on understanding the phenotypic and genotypic effects of local adaptation in Washington’s native Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida). I use tools such as next generation genomic and epigenomic sequencing as well as standard molecular methods such as PCR and qPCR.
I’m interested in understanding the ecology, biology, and physiology of oyster reefs with my primary focus on oysters themselves. I have used tools such as histology, immunohistochemistry, western blots, PCR, and qPCR to study various phenomena in oysters. I seek to improve conservation and aquaculture methods to ensure beautiful coastal areas and bountiful seafood catches for years to come.
My previous work has been in the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) with focus on reproduction and maturation at Louisiana State University, Oyster habitat damage assessment from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with the National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) work group, and disease testing in oysters at Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG). I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Biology from TAMUG.
Jay Dimond (coming soon)
Harry Podschwit; UW notebook
Manel Khan; UW notebook
Lexie Miller; UW FISH499 paper
Zac Halls; UW notebook
Amanda Davis FISH499; UW paper
Christina Miller FISH498; UW notebook
Rony Thi; UW notebook
Kevin Jeong; UW FISH499 notebook
Tatyana Marushchak; UW Chemistry project
Juliann Clark; UW project
Tushara Saint Vitus; UW SAFS project
Lindsay Braun; Santa Clara University project
Mairead Bermingham; N Univ of Ireland, Cork project
Zachary Schiller; Tufts University project
Timothy Green; University of Queensland
Adelaide Rhodes; Visiting Scholar website