Becca Maher

NSF Graduate Research Fellow
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I am an NSF Graduate Research Fellow studying how local and global stressors alter the coral host and its associated microbial community. As part of project CHOMPIN, I conducted a month-long tank experiment at the Gump Research Station on Moorea, French Polynesia in September 2017. With my dissertation work, I will investigate how stressors such as fish predation, thermal stress, and nutrient enrichment act synergistically, additively, or antagonistically to destabilize the coral microbiome and alter the coral transcriptome.

Biography

I received a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rice University in May 2016. In the Correa Lab at Rice, I studied macrobioerosion in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary with funding from Sigma Xi Grants-in-aid-of-research. I presented my undergraduate work with a poster at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii in June 2016 and currently have two publications on mesophotic bioerosion in review. I joined the Vega Thurber Lab in September 2016 to work on project CHOMPIN. In April 2017, I received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. In fall of 2017, I spent 5 weeks at the Gump Biological Research Station in French Polynesia conducting a tank experiment. I gave an oral presentation of the preliminary results from project CHOMPIN at the European Coral Reef Symposium in Oxford, UK in December 2017. In addition to my major in Microbiology, I am working on coursework for a minor in Biological Data Science.

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