Areas of Interest
Evolutionary Biology in Metazoans
Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystems
Deep - sea Biology
I am a graduate student in the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University at Galveston. The main questions of my research are: what factors influence polychaete community patterns in the nutrient poor slopes and abyssal depths of the Gulf of Mexico? How far apart and how different are the distribution ranges of individual polychaete species? I analyze the community structure in the benthic polychaete communities in response to physical, chemical and biological processes, focusing on cirratulids and spionids. I use Ecological Niche Modeling to estimate species distributions. In addition, I am interested in studying morphometrics and phylogeny based on mitochondrial DNA (mt DNA) variations in select species of deep sea polychaetes.
February 2007 - Biological Survey along the west coast of India, Department of Ocean Development (http://dod.nic.in/) March 2007 - Biological Survey from Mumbai to Goa, Department of Ocean Development (http://dod.nic.in)
September 2008 - NSF funded Deep sea cruise off the Pacific coast onboard the R/V Point Sur, California, organized by Dr.David Thistle(FSU)(http://www.rinr.fsu.edu/issues/2008summerfall/goestosea/profiles.aspp)
June 2009 - SIGSBEE 12 Deep sea Benthic cruise in the Gulf of Mexico onboard the R/V Justo Sierra, Mexico, organized by Dr. Elva Escobar-Briones at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).
August 2010 - SIGSBEE 13 Deep sea Benthic cruise in the Gulf of Mexico onboard the R/V Justo Sierra, Mexico, organized by Dr. Elva Escobar-Briones at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).