About

After completing my doctoral studies on the evolution of sexual reproduction at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Germany, I was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) to carry out assisted sexual reproduction research for the purpose of coral reef restoration at Mote Marine Laboratory in the Florida Keys.

In 2020, I received a Mote Postdoctoral Fellowship as part of the Coral Reef Restoration Program to continue and expand my work on coral reproduction and restoration.

My current research projects include monitoring the sexual maturation of Mote’s restored coral populations to ensure they’re meeting critical developmental milestones within expected timeframes -and if not- to investigate why, identifying coral pheromones and spawning cues, testing broodstock compatibility in terms of spawning synchrony and fertilization success, producing the next generation of robust and genetically diverse coral offspring for building more resilient restored populations and promoting faster population recovery, applying innovative technologies, tools and techniques to advance coral restoration initiatives, determining the mechanisms and heritability underlying disease resistance, using traits like disease resistance and fecundity for identifying candidates for managed breeding, evaluating the effect of assisted gene flow on offspring thermal tolerance, and investigating potential links between chemical pollution and developmental toxicity. This work is in collaboration with internal and external scientists.