Broadly I'm interested in marine conservation and invasive biology, specifically identifying the mechanisms that underlie invasion. For my dissertation, I am focusing on an aquatic marine invasive seagrass that is overtaking the Caribbean seas. For my dissertation, I'm using multidisciplinary techniques to understand the evolutionary and ecological dynamics that influence its invasion. More specifically I am asking how it arrived to the Caribbean, how it competes with other native seagrasses in the Caribbean and determine whether there are any novel microbes associated with its invasion. I developed this project in hopes to better inform management.
Chiquillo, K.L., Ebert, D.A., Slager, C.J., & Crow, K.D. (2014) The secret of the mermaid’s purse: Phylogenetic affinities within the Rajidae and the evolution of a novel reproductive strategy in skates Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 75: 245-251
Honors and Awards
NSF GRFP: 2015
Outstanding SACNAS UCLA Chapter Member: 2015
2014 San Francisco State University Bachelor in Science Marine Biology & Limnology