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Kristin Meagher

Kristin Meagher

Background

In my 3rd year in Jon Geller’s Lab, I wear many hats. For the SFNIS Project, I extract DNA from fouling community; I am the TA for Marine Ecology; and I work for TEP. I co-chaired the 2011 Open House and will lead the charge again this year. I recently became AAUS certified and anticipate many more scientific dives. When I’m not at the lab, I’m either working as a naturalist on a whale watching boat, enjoying a glass of wine with friends or relaxing with my cats at home. Research I am a proud member of Team Rhodolith. Attempting to tease apart the possible ecological roles of the tiny cryptofauna within the system has become my new passion. Do they fill the same roles as their larger cousins or are they just too small to count? I hope to make this endeavor a life-long career but for now I am focusing on testing if the snails, limpets, and chitons can influence the fleshy macroalgae that can sometimes foul the rhodoliths. I will also attempt to generate a species list of the Catalina Island rhodolith bed cryptofauna.