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Emma S

- Research Program Mentor

PhD at University of Rhode Island


Physiology, genomics, biology, marine biology, coral reefs, environmental science, conservation


My passion for marine science started at a young age as I grew up next to the ocean in Seattle, Washington. While in high school, I worked at the Seattle Aquarium in a science communication role and from that experience knew I wanted to pursue a career as a biologist. I completed my B.Sc. in Biology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California and my Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. I'm now a postdoctoral researcher at Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI; on the Fisheries Team. My research focuses both physiological and genomic techniques to investigate both organismal and cellular level changes in response to stress like rising ocean temperatures. I do this with a variety of organisms - coral, oysters, and fish! Feel free to explore my webpage ( and for more information on previous projects that I've worked on!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.


A science communication project that combines the arts and science (e.g., of coral reef studies) for a public audience.

Research Paper on Resilience to Climate Change

A review paper relating to organismal biology (e.g., on how different organisms are able to deal with increasing levels of stress in their surrounding environment).

Environmental Experiment and Data Analysis

Conducting and analyzing data related to a specific research question formed by the student.

Coding skills

R, Linux

Teaching experience

I have mentored 25+ undergraduates and high school students in both the field and laboratory, and have taught three undergraduate physiology labs at the University of Rhode Island.


Work experience

Loyola Marymount University (2015 - 2017)
Marine Ecophysiology Research Assistant
Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences (2017 - 2017)
Coral Reef Research Intern
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (2017 - 2017)
NSF Undergraduate Research Fellow (REU)
University of Rhode Island (2018 - 2023)
Doctoral Researcher


Loyola Marymount University
BS Bachelor of Science (2018)
University of Rhode Island
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
Biological and Environmental Sciences: Evolution and Marine Biology

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