The Laboratory of Integrative Marine and Coastal Ecology focuses on understanding the mechanisms that underlie changes in marine and coastal ecosystems by studying the structure and dynamics of organisms, populations and communities. Our focus is marine sponges, corals and algae. We use an interdisciplinary approach in which we integrate reproductive biology, experimental ecology, population genetics and mathematical modeling. The goal of our research is to determine how organisms, ecological interactions and ecosystems are altered by anthropogenic activities and global impacts such as marine pollution and climate change, and aims to enhance the management of ecosystems.
You can find more information about the specific projects in the Research tab
Spring 2020 News:
Congratulations Meghan Riddle graduated from the FAU-Wilkes Honors College with a major in Marine Biology. Good luck and best wishes!
We welcome our new lab members Greer Babbe and Bobbie Crouch will join the lab as graduate students in Fall 2020. Christelle Alcinor, Shannon Bieniek, Amanda Marker, and Kinar Oguz have joined the lab as honors thesis students. Christopher Spagnolia and Juan Fuentes are our new volunteers. Dr. Iris Segura García joined the lab as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome Iris!
We said good bye to our lab tech Our Lab Tech Mariana Lopez is starting graduate school at the University of Florida. Congrats Mariana! We will miss you.
Fall 2019 News:
Meghan Riddle joined our lab and is now working on biodiversity of sponges in the Indian River Lagoon. Cris Diaz is collaborating and helping us and with Sponge Taxonomy and identification. Thank you Cris! Juliet Ruggiero went with the Voss Lab aboard the Walton Smith to do fieldwork in the Keys and Dry Tortugas. Thank you Voss Lab for your support! We welcome our new lab technician, Mariana Lopez!
Summer 2019 News: Dr. Dennis Lavrov from Iowa State University visited our lab and presented a seminar on evolution of mitochondrial DNA. Thank you for visiting! Dr. Iris Segura-Garcia from Smithsonian is collaborating with us. Go 2bRAD! Ph.D. student Holly Trew from the University of the West Indies, Barbados, is doing part of her research in our lab. Welcome Holly! HBOI Summer Interns Gavin Scott and Emily Rutkowski, volunteer student Kyle Barnes and SURF Fellow Gabrielle Byrd are doing research in our lab. It is great having you here! Juliet Ruggiero got accepted into the Master of Science in Marine Science and Oceanography (MSMSO) at FAU-HBOI, and she will start in Fall 2019. Congrats!