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I have a background in chemistry and molecular biology which I use to advance our understanding of the marine environment. In my MS work, I applied -omics approaches to investigate the thermal resilience of corals and diversity of marine microbes in the Philippine archipelago. For my Ph.D., I will explore the ecology and evolution of marine viruses.
Microbes are central to the structuring and functioning of marine ecosystems. Given the remarkable diversity of the ocean microbiome, uncovering marine microbial taxa remains a fundamental challenge in microbial ecology. However, there has been little effort, thus far, to describe the diversity of marine microorganisms in the region of high marine...
Supplementary materials The depth profiles of physical (Figure S1) and chemical data (Figure S2) as well as rarefaction curves (Figure S3) are shown. Tables for the physical and chemical data used for Canonical Correspondence Analysis (Table S1), results of statistical tests (Table S4) and depth-associated OTUs (Table S5) are also shown.
The coral is a holobiont formed by the close interaction between the coral animal and a diverse community of microorganisms, including dinoflagellates, bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses. The prokaryotic symbionts of corals are important for host fitness but are also highly sensitive to changes in the environment. In this study, we used 16S ribo...
Coral reefs are diverse ecosystems of great ecological and economic importance. However, corals are vulnerable to a variety of stressors, including rising seawater temperatures, and yet little is known about the genetic mechanisms underlying their survival and adaptation to stress. Like other animals, corals possess genes for key members of the mic...