Current Graduate Students
Katherine Eaton, PhD Student
Broadly speaking, I am interested in better understanding the mechanisms by which organisms cope with extreme environmental stress. I am particularly interested in how climate change is affecting marine fishes at the genomic, transcriptomic, and physiological levels. In my graduate research, I aim to investigate the potential for adaptation and/or acclimation to heat stress in populations of marine fishes.
Contact: kme0038 (at) auburn.edu
Favorite song: Shotgun
Ally Swank, MSc Student
Ally is interested in understanding how coral reef fish respond to climate change. Specifically she will be evaluating the effects of heat stress and loss of habitat complexity in fish behavior and molecular responses of brain. Ally has a B.Sc. in Biology from Ball State University. Her undergraduate research focused on changes in fish behavior following exposure to chemical contaminants and micro-plastics.
Contact: ars0151 (at) auburn.edu
Favorite song: Banana Pancakes
Claire Tracy, PhD Student
Claire is interested in understand the acclimations and adaptations that result from inhabiting environments with different abiotic conditions. For this she is interested in understanding the molecular and physiological adaptations of lineages separated by the isthmus of Panama.
She is co-supervised by Dr. Jamie Oaks.
Contact: cbt0022 (at) auburn.edu
Favorite song: MMMBop
Logan Turner, PhD Student
Logan is interested in better understanding the effects plastics and climate change have on marine fishes both on the individual and ecological level. Logan has a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from Florida State University and worked as a Marine Biologist, Underwater Archeologist, and Scientific Diver during his undergrad. His research has encompassed better understanding the spatial distribution of coral and algae cover in French Polynesia, monitoring sea turtle populations in the Galapagos Islands, and investigating the population dynamics of commercial and recreational fish species.
Contact: lft0005 (at) auburn.edu
Favorite song: Oversized
Lyndsay Daigle (2021-Present): Understanding the stress responses to elevated temperature in Abudefduf saxatilis
Lynnsey Bodin (2021-Present): Evaluating critical maximum temperature on coastal marine fishes of the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
Victoria Chavez (2020-Present): Population connectivity of pinfish using mitochondrial markers.
Brandon Waldo (2020-Present): Interested in understanding population genetics of killifish exposed to different salinity regimes using mitochondrial markers.
Katherine Moore (2020-2021): Undergraduate student, interested in understanding population genetics of killifish exposed to different salinity regimes.
Willie Reams (2020): Undergraduate student, assisted in the amplification and sequencing of mitochondrial markers in blennies of the Gulf of Mexico.
Bernal Lab 2020-2021