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I will be starting my PhD work in January through the University of Western Australia at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. I will be defining thresholds and indicators of sponge’s responses to dredging-related pressures. The project will hopefully provide critical insights into the responses of sponges to dredging pressures with results assisting stakeholders and managers in reducing risks and severity of impacts from dredging developments. Experiments will be conducted in AIMS’s state-of-the-art National Sea Simulator Facility in Townsville, Australia.
Bachelors of Science, University of Richmond, Richmond Virginia
Research Interests: Marine ecology and symbiosis
Research Assistant, University of Mississippi, Field site: Puerto Morelos, Mexico at UNAM. Summer 2013
Intern CIEE Research Station Bonaire, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Spring 2013
Research Assistant, University of Richmond May 2011-December 2013
Volunteer Research Assistant, Operation Wallacea, Bay Islands, Honduras, Summer 2010
Posters and Presentations:
“Being a scientist?” Presented to all five class of Mrs. Nicoll’s 7th grade Life Sciences class, Saint Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, TX.
“Sponges: What can simple organisms teach us about our most complex problems.” Public presentation, CIEE Research Station Bonaire, Bonaire, Dutch Carribbean. Feb. 2013.
Malcolm Hill, Brian Strehlow, Crystal Richardson, Kristin Peterson, Carlos Cotman, Mark McCauley, Sarah Friday, Tyler Heist, Ana Riesgo, & April Hill. “Genetic regulation of zooxanthella uptake and maintenance in sponges.” Talk given by Malcolm Hill at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia, July 2012
Brian Strehlow, Crystal Richardson, Kristin Peterson, Carlos Cotman, Mark McCauley, Sarah Friday, Tyler Heist, Ana Riesgo, Malcolm Hill & April Hill. “Examination of genetic regulation of Symbiodinium uptake and the morphological development of zooxanthella-dense pinacoderm in the sponge Cliona varians.” Poster Presented by Brian Strehlow and Kristin Peterson at the 2012 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting and by Brian Strehlow at the 2012 Benthic Ecology Meeting
Hill M, Hill A, Cotman C, Friday S, Heist T, McCauley M, Peterson K, Richardson C, Riesgo A, Strehlow B. “Evolutionary and ecological significance of sponge-Symbiodinium symbioses: genetic regulation of uptake and maintenance in sponges.” Talk was presented by Malcolm Hill at the 2013 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting