Mitochondrial behavior, morphology, and animal performance
I'm thrilled to announce that I have been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in ocean sciences from the National Science Foundation. The fellowship, entitled "Effects of increasing temperature and ultraviolet radiation on copepod mitochondria along a latitudinal gradient," will begin Dec 1, 2021. I will remain in Dr. Wendy Hood's lab at Auburn University while collaborating with Dr. Felipe Barreto at Oregon State University to study mitochondrial behavior, morphology, and function in natural populations of Tigriopus californicus copepods in CA, OR, and WA.
Our new philosophy of science paper with Dr. Elay Shech is out in Biology and Philosophy! We outline the "Roles of mitonuclear ecology and sex in conceptualizing evolutionary fitness", with discussions of Mother's Curse, trait fitness, and much more.
Our new paper on how ultraviolet irradiation affects mitochondrial behavior, morphology, and metabolic rate in Tigriopus californicus copepods is out in Mitochondrion. Take a look for some cool TEM of copepod myocytes!
I am honored to have received the Kenneth Ottis Distinguished Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Biological Sciences here at Auburn University. Special thanks to my advisors who took the time and effort to nominate me for this award!
Our review on how variation in whole-animal performance can be explained through understanding mitochondrial behavior and morphology is out in Biological Reviews! We outline how mitochondrial behavior and structure are predicted to change under increasing energetic demand to support growth, self-maintenance, and reproduction. Check it out!
Our new research article is out in Ecology & Evolution! We explore how UV irradiation can increase reproductive performance, along with its effects on other performance correlates, in Tigriopus californicus copepods.
I have been awarded a graduate student research fellowship from the American Microscopical Society for the summer of 2019. I will be investigating the role of moderate UV irradiation in remodeling mitochondrial behavior and morphology in Tigriopus californicus copepods.
Our new meta-analysis is out in Limnology & Oceanography Letters! We develop a new method for characterizing the relationship between respiration rates and increasing water temperature across the copepod literature spanning 78 years of research.
I have been awarded the Auburn University CMB Peaks of Excellence Research Fellowship for the summer of 2018. I will be examining the effects of UV radiation on life history variation in Tigriopus californicus copepods, among other projects including the effects of mating on ROS production and oxidative damage.