I am currently a graduate student in the Biological Sciences Department at Old Dominion University. I am a research assistant working for the IUCN Red LIst Global Marine Species Assessment Project. This portfolio includes my latest CV, sample research and papers from various upper-level courses as well as a reflection blog based on my experience creating an electronic portfolio.
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45th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting
Graduation from Old Dominion University
MY LATEST RESEARCH
Currently I am working on a literature review where I am examining sequentially hermaphroditic fishes and the effects of resource variation in relation to sex change activators. The purpose for this paper is to synthesize information on multiple species in order to find a possible connection between the fluctuation and consistency of specific resources (i.e. temperature, salinity etc.) with the timing that a fish undergoes a sex change.
Right now I am beginning to design a collaborative experiment where we document and examine the water clearance rates of two common Chesapeake Bay residents: Microciona prolifera (Red Beard Sponge) and Crassotrea virginica (Eastern Oyster). My team and I are going to create an eutrophication event and then measure how fast each clears the tank they are in. Then we will put the two species together in a pairwise fashion and measure that rate to see if they have an additive effect on water filtration.