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Alexis Sturm


Alexis Sturm


Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute  ()
&  Florida Atlantic University

5600 N US-1 Laboratory 2, Fort Pierce, FL 34946
 7722422396




Research interests

Alexis is a Ph.D. student at FAU-HBOI who joined the graduate program in August 2017. Her dissertation research focuses on the characterization of mesophotic and shallow coral reef communities off the coast of Cuba, Mexico, and the Florida Keys. Her research, which is funded through the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration Research and Technology, combines several molecular techniques to improve the understanding of the ecology, genetic connectivity, and associated symbiont assemblages of populations of the coral Montastraea cavernosa. Alexis is a graduate of the University of Miami with dual degrees in Marine Science and Biology. Prior to her graduate work at HBOI, she worked in education and outreach and policy development for the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Office of Protected Resources. As an undergraduate NOAA Hollings Scholar, she led coral health impact and human use surveys in Tumon Bay, Guam. She also worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Cnidarian Immunity Lab, focusing on wound healing processes in the coral, Pocillopora damicornis.

Research keywords
Research platform experience
  SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)
  Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
  Snorkeling
  Land-based
Research summary (from publications)