Principal Investigator


Dr. Anja Schulze

Bld. # 3029, Office 258

Research Interests
Phylogeny and population genetics of marine invertebrates, particularly polychaete worms. Reproduction and development of marine invertebrates. Deep sea biology. 

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Ph.D. Students


Justin Hilliard

B.S. Fairmont State University (2013)

Research Interests
My general research interests are in evolutionary biology, more specifically in elucidating patterns and causes of speciation. Questions of interest to me are those related to the phylogeography, population genetics/genomics, and phylogenetics/-genomics of cryptic species complexes. Members of a cryptic species complex often look nearly identical but are quite diverse with regards to their genetics and life history strategies, providing an array of research opportunities. I plan to use the Capitella capitata cryptic species complex (Annelida, Capitellidae) as a model to answer specific questions such as:

• How many species exist along the US Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts?
• What is the population connectivity along the Texas coast and what environmental factors are playing a role in the connectivity?
• How many developmental strategies exist along the coast of Texas and, more generally, in the Gulf of Mexico?

I’m also interested in the phylogeny of the family Capitellidae in general and the genus Capitella specifically. 


Marissa Hajduk

B.A. Canisius College (2005)
B.A. SUNY Buffalo State College (2010)
M.S. University of Alaska Fairbanks (2015)

Research Interests
MMy research background includes both marine and freshwater ecosystems. As an undergraduate I studied invasive molluscs and their corresponding symbionts in the lower Great Lakes (Lakes Erie and Ontario). As a master’s student I studied ecology of benthic invertebrates in the Chukchi Sea (AK), with a focus on describing the density and distribution patterns of benthic marine meiofauna in the Arctic. My current research interests include benthic ecology, meiobenthology, and using genetics to quantify meiofaunal communities.


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