Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Join us at the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program's STEM Bytes Seminar to hear research done at USC by current PhD students and postdocs.
3:00 pm PDT
Colette Fletcher-Hoppe, PhD Candidate in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Talk: The aberrant nitrogen fixer UCYN-A associates with multiple hosts, predators, and coastal currents over 20 years in Southern California.
Colette Fletcher-Hoppe is a 5th year PhD candidate in Dr. Jed Fuhrman’s lab at USC. Her research combines ecology, genomics, and bioinformatics to investigate marine microorganisms and their spatial/ temporal diversity off the coast of Southern California. She is particularly interested in anthropogenic influences on nitrogen cycling organisms.
3:30 pm PDT
Maria Ruggeri, PhD Candidate in Marine and Environmental Biology
Talk: Transcriptomic response to heat stress differs based on life stage and reef origin in the coral Porites astreoides
Maria Ruggeri is a 5th year PhD candidate in Carly Kenkel’s lab. She is interested in cnidarian-algal symbiosis and particularly the genetic and environmental factors that lead to maintenance of these partnerships under stress.