Guest Contributors

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Ashley Norton 

Cara Fiore considers herself a marine microbial ecologist, with interests in how microbes influence nutrient cycling, symbiosis (specifically sponge-microbe symbiosis), microbial physiology, and coral reef ecology. Cara has also worked in biomedical research at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY). Cara received a B.S. in biology from SUNY Cortland, and graduated from the College of Charleston (Grice Marine Lab) and the University of New Hampshire before starting a postdoc at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

Catherine Caruso is a master’s student in the Berlinsky Lab at the University of New Hampshire. As you might have guessed from the post above, she gravitates towards weird fish, and is currently studying summer flounder, which collectively have a face only a mother could love. She is focusing on how temperature effects sex differentiation early in the developmental process.

Ian F. Sanchez received a B.S. in Biology from DePaul University while researching the regenerative abilities of zebrafish under Dr. Elizabeth LeClair. Recently, he has been chosen to participate in an NIH (National Institute of Health) funded PREP (Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program) at Ohio State University where he will perform research rotations and plans to apply for PhD programs. 

Kira Treibergs is a PhD student in Bob Woollacott’s lab in the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. She received her MS in biology and developed a life-long passion for invertebrate zoology at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the University of Oregon’s marine lab in Charleston, Oregon.

Megan McCuller received a M.S. in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire in 2012 under her advisor, Dr. Larry Harris. Her research focused on the range expansion of a sea slug in response to climate change and availability of an invasive bryozoan as a food source. Megan currently works with Dr. Jim Carlton at Williams College-Mystic Seaport working on the JTMD project.

Meredith Bache-Wiig received a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2013. She is now in the Biology PhD program at the University of Washington Seattle investigating the role of thyroid hormone signaling in postembryonic pigment pattern formation in zebrafish. 

Michael Akroush holds an MS degree in Biological Sciences from DePaul University and has years of experience in fitness and weight management, psychopharmacogenomics, and reproductive biology research. In addition to advancing medicine through molecular biology, he hopes to use his science knowledge to improve everyday life. 

Michael Peters received a BS in Biology at the University of New Hampshire in 2012. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in Evolution, Ecology, and Marine Biology at Northeastern University. He studies the mutations that led to the evolutionary loss of red blood cells in Antarctic icefish. His work utilizes CRISPRs to reproduce these mutations in pet-store variety zebrafish.

Molly Roberts received a BA in Biophysics from Oberlin College in 2008 and an MSc in Marine Biology through Northeastern University’s Three Seas Program. She is now in the Biology PhD program at the University of Washington Seattle investigating the energetics of dynamic seawater conditions on mussel aquaculture.

Ryan Jiorle is finishing up his master’s degree in fisheries and aquatic sciences at the University of Florida. His research has focused on determining the potential utility of opt-in, self-reporting smartphone apps as a way to provide recreational fisheries data for stock assessment. 

Taruna Aggarwal is a Plant Biology graduate student at the University of New Hampshire, where her research encompasses understanding the evolution of forest fungal pathogens. She’s excited about using many bioinformatic tools to study pathogenesis in an emerging fungal pathogen called Geosmithia morbida.