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 Ligia Collado-Vides 

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 I am a macroalgae person, I love nature and the underwater shallow world. My line of research is with marine macroalge, first as a basic scientist looking for architectural models and their distribution in space at different scales, jumping into some biomechanical and physiological aspects. Asking questions such as the ecological and evolutionary consequences of clonality in algae, playing with L-Systems as tools to model growth and compare different morphotypes. However, maybe when we are older we get more concerned with the planet we are living on! My present interests are closer to understanding what is causing the increase of some macroalgal populations and maybe some changes in the community structure in seagrasses and coral reef communities. I am very interested in finding the links between ecological research and management of marine protected areas, particularly in the Mexican Caribbean. If you want to learn more about my interests, please click here.  My CV can be accessed here

  

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While I do hail from the landlocked state of Ohio, I became enamored with the ocean at a young age and am happiest when I am sharing my passion of conservation and education with others.  I currently teach Marine Biology, General Biology and Oceanography at FIU and Miami-Dade College and am active in the undergraduate and graduate research being conducted in the MMRL.

  
 GRADUATE STUDENTS 
 Alain Duran                

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I've always loved the ocean and being a marine biologist has allowed me to study and contribute to the protection of marine life. As a graduate student guided by Dr. Collado and Dr. Burkepile, I am studying the interactions of marine herbivores and macroalgae. My research project focuses on the effects of ecological drivers such as nutrient availability and herbivore disturbance on macroalgae recruitment.

  
 UNDERGRADUATES & TECHNICIANS 
 James Salgado

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I am a premed undergraduate senior at FIU graduating this year.  I work on digitally analyzing photos of benthic cover from our field sites for the Marine Macroalgae Research Laboratory projects.

 Alex Perez

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I am currently working on getting my BS in the field of the marine sciences. Living the majority of my life in South Florida it was easy for me to fall in love with all its natural beauty.  Continuing to conserve these areas has always interested me. My specialty in the Marine Macroalgae Research Lab is the LTER program, looking at community dynamics between different benthic floras and how human impacts may shape the future landscape of our underwater world. Hopefully I will continue to grow and have an impact on preserving our coastal ecosystems

 

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I am a recent undergraduate graduate here at FIU in the Marine Biology department. I was born and raised here in beautiful South Florida, and since kindergarten, I've wanted to be a marine biologist (since, apparently, you can't grow up to be a mermaid). My interests in marine biology span all aspects of the science, and here at the Marine Macroalgae Research Lab I am involved in various projects in which we use macroalgae as indicators of change in Biscayne Bay.

 Claudia Santiesteban 

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I'm a pre-med student here at FIU and I will soon be graduating with a Bachelors in Biology. For the past year I have been working on the OJOS project with Dr. Collado and Belkis Largaespada. We are studying the SAV in Puerto Morelos Reef Lagoon and how they are being affected by submarine springs present throughout this area. I really enjoy participating in the Marine Macroalgae Lab because I have gained research experience and its great to work with people who are just as dedicated to science as I am.

Janina Rojas Sanchez

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 I am a premed undergraduate student at Florida International University. Here, at the Marine Macroalgae Research Lab, I work in the taxonomic portion of the Anadyomene project toward determining the identity of algal species involved in blooming events in Biscayne Bay.

Daphney Dorcius  

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 I earned my Bachelor degree in Biology at FIU in December 2011. While preparing myself to matriculate in medical school in the near future, I am currently a Research Lab Assistant in the Marine Macroalgae Research lab working on a project on marcoalgal recruitment; I am also the website manager for the lab. I am as passionate about life under the sea as I am about life on earth. Because of that I dedicate as much time as possible in the lab working, and participating in all activities

 Julio Morejon 

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I am a pre-med undergraduate graduate at FIU. My work within the Marine Macroalgae Lab involves the organization and maintenance of our herbarium collection.

 LAB ALUMNI 
 Mark Ladd 

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I graduated with my Masters from FIU in 2011 from the Environmental Studies program working under Dr. Ligia Collado-Vides. My thesis research is an assessment and comparison of coral reef health in the different management zones of a Marine Protected Area in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. I am interested in all aspects of marine biology and conservation, but am especially interested in MPAs and the ecological, social, economic benefits that they can provide.  I am now a Ph.D. student in the lab of Dr. Deron Burkepile.

 Glauco A Puig-Santana 

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I am an undergraduate student at Florida International University in the premed field. I work along with Alex Perez on the LTER sample preparation and processing for the Marine Macroalgae Research Laboratory

 Viviana Mazzei 

Viviana Mazzei

I graduated with my Bachelor's degree while working with Dr. Collado in the Marine Macroalgae Lab at FIU.  I am now working towards my Master's degree in the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at The University of Southern Mississippi with Dr. Patrick Biber.  My research involves the primary productivity of artificial reefs.