EDUCATION Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Sciences, Specialization: Evolutionary and Marine Biology; University of Rhode Island, in progress B.S. in Biological Sciences; Loyola Marymount University, 2018
LABORATORY EXPERIENCE Dr. Hollie Putnam, University of Rhode Island; May 2018 - Current Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences; 2017 Dr. Roy Houston and Jennifer Keck, Msc. , Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences; 2015 & 2017 Dr. Wes Dowd, Loyola Marymount University; 2015 - 2017 Visiting Researcher: Dr. Ruth Gates, University of Hawai'i: Mānoa, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology; May 2018 - November 2018 Visiting Researcher: Dr. Steven Roberts, University of Washington: Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory; 2018 Visiting Researcher: Dr. Mark Denny, Stanford University: Hopkins Marine Station; 2016
PUBLICATIONS Goodbody-Gringley, G., Strand, E., Pitt, J. (2019). Molecular characterization of nearshore baitfish populations in Bermuda to inform management. PeerJ. 7:e7244. https://peerj.com/articles/7244/ Gleason, L. U., Strand, E. L., Hizon, B. J., & Dowd, W. W. (2018). Plasticity of thermal tolerance and its relationship with growth rate in juvenile mussels (Mytilus californianus). Proceedings. Biological sciences, 285(1877). rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/285/1877/20172617
PRESENTATIONS Invited Presentations 2019 Seminar Speaker: “Coral Acclimatization Strategies …”; Loyola Marymount University 2018 Guest Lecture: Principles of Ecology, BIOL 318, Dr. Ron Rozar; Loyola Marymount University 2018 Guest Lecture: “Marine Biology after High School”; IB Biology II, Skyline High School 2018 Lightning Talk: “Ecophysiology and Epigenetics of Coral Reefs”; Seattle Aquarium 2017 Lightning Talk: “Molecular Ecology & Coral Reef Health in Bermuda & Roatán, Honduras”; Seattle Aquarium 2015 Lightning Talk: “Marine Ecophysiology Research as an Undergraduate”; Seattle Aquarium
Oral Presentations Strand E., Goodbody-Gringley, G. Molecular characterization of Bermuda’s baitfish populations to improve management and fishery sustainability. - 2019 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting. San Juan, Puerto Rico. - 2018 TriBeta National Biological Honor Society Research Conference. Irvine, California. - 2018 Loyola Marymount University Research Symposium. Irvine, California.
Poster Presentations Strand E., Mummert, M., Keck, J., Houston, R. Color variation and its relationship with depth in Montastraea cavernosa. 2018 Loyola Marymount University Research Symposium; Los Angeles, California. Strand E., Gleason L., Dowd W. Plasticity of thermal tolerance and its relationship with the accumulation of taurine in juvenile mussels (Mytilus californianus). 2018 Loyola Marymount University Research Symposium; Los Angeles, California. Strand E., Hizon B., Gleason L., Dowd W. Plasticity of thermal tolerance and growth rates in juvenile mussels (Mytilus californianus). - 2017 Loyola Marymount University Research Symposium; Los Angeles, California. - 2017 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology; New Orleans, Louisiana. Hizon B., Strand E., Alves S., Lane J., Denny M., Dowd W. Effects of chronic and acute salinity changes on thermal tolerance in the tidepool copepod (Tigiropus californicus). 2017 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology; New Orleans, Louisiana. Dallmer J., Strand E., Dugay C., Drolshagen H., Gleason L., Dowd W. Lipid Peroxidation Recovery after an Acute Thermal Challenge in a Marine Intertidal Mussel (Mytilus californianus). 2016 Loyola Marymount University Research Symposium; Los Angeles, California.
TEACHING Teaching Assistant, General Animal Physiology (BIO 201); University of Rhode Island | Fall 2019 Teaching Assistant, Marine Environmental Physiology (BIO 345); University of Rhode Island | Spring 2019 OUTREACH Letters to a PreScientist Volunteer Scientist | 2019 - current Skype a Scientist Volunteer Scientist | 2018 - Current Chasing Coral Documentary Showing and Discussion Host; University House, Seattle, WA | 2018 Seattle Aquarium Alumni Lightning Talks | 2015, 2017, & 2018 International Coral Reef Society: Reef Students Committee Member | 2018 - current Guest Marine Biologist Speaker at Skyline High School, Sammamish, WA | 2018 Seattle Aquarium Puget Sound Youth Campaign Volunteer | 2012-2014 Nature Seekers Program, Leatherback Sea Turtle Research Volunteer: Trinidad & Tobago | 2014
MENTORING Emma Ferrante, B.S. | Volunteer, University of Rhode Island (November 2019 - current) Ana McMenamin | Undergraduate, University of Rhode Island (September 2019 - current) Alexandra Farraj | Undergraduate, University of Rhode Island (July 2019 - current) Chris Suchocki, M.Sc. | Gates Coral Lab, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Volunteer (September 2018 - January 2019) Elliott Chinn | Undergraduate, University of Washington (January 2019) Nathan Streams | Undergraduate, Washington State University (January 2019) Madeleine Sherman | Undergraduate, University of Rhode Island (May 2018 - September 2018) Adam Helbig | Undergraduate, Hawaii Pacific University (September 2018 - November 2018) Valeria Schmidt | Undergraduate, Princeton University (May 2018 - June 2018) AWARDS Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences Zale Parry Scholar | 2019 University of Rhode Island Research & Teaching Assistantships | 2018, 2019 Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Multicultural Program Scholarship | 2019 Alan R. Seydoux Memorial Award in Marine and Field Biology | May 2018 National Science Foundation: Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) | Fall 2017 Howard Towner Research Scholarship Recipient, LMU Department of Biology | May 2016; June 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Program Scholarship, Loyola Marymount University | May 2017 Loyola Marymount Merit Scholarship Recipient | 2014 – 2018
FUNDING NSF-1756623: Elucidating adaptive potential through coral holobiont functional integration. 2018 - current. Co-PIS: Dr. Hollie Putnam, Dr. Debashish Bhattacharya, Dr. Arik Harel. BSF 2016321: Function of Acid-Rich Proteins in Coral Biomineralization across Diverse Climates. 2018 - current. Co-PIS: Dr. Hollie Putnam, Dr. Tali Mass. In honor of Dr. Diane Adams. NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates: Bermuda Insitute of Ocean Sciences. Fall 2017. PI: Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley. NSF-1256186: RUI: Mechanistic Causes and Consequences of Micro-scale Spatial Variation within Intertidal Populations. 2016-2017. PI: Dr. Wes Dowd.