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 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.
I’m a naturalist at heart with a particular fascination with marine invertebrates. My background is primarily in the biology and ecology of symbiotic cnidarians, including reef corals and sea anemones that host endosymbiotic dinoflagellates and other photosymbionts. My work in the Roberts Lab will evaluate the role of epigenetics in the ability of these organisms to acclimatize and adapt to their environment, a topic that is especially relevant as we march on into the “anthropocene”, an era of increasingly human-altered ecosystems.
Joelle Blaise UW SAFS (2014)
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