My Research

Iron Limitation in Acartia tonsa

My current project entails studying at what specific concentration of iron does the copepod Acartia tonsa experience limitation. This is acomplished through growing the diatom, Thalassiosira oceanica, under replete (100 nM Fe) and deplete (1 nM Fe) conditions and mixing the two cultures in different proportions to achieve different iron concentrations. I will be using egg production as a proxy for limitation in the copepods.

I have used this research as a requirement for my masters degree and am currently working on publishing the results.

Evolution of Allopolyploidy in Arabidopsis thaliana

I am also involved in a project with Dr. Jesse Hollister studying the evolution of allopolyploidy in Arabidopsis thaliana. I am using sequence data from 28 autopolyploid individuals obtained from the NCBI SRA and analyzing haplotype diversity to find a threshold point at which allopolyploidy evolves. Computational methods include using Biopython and the Genome Analysis Toolkit.