School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. Marine Biology, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI, USA
B.A. Chemistry, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI, USA
I graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a B.S in marine biology and a B.A. in chemistry, where I worked under Dr. Philip Williams towards the discovery and characterization of natural products from marine invertebrates of Hawai‘i. I started my graduate research at Georgia Tech in the Kubanek Laboratory in the fall of 2012.
I am interested in chemically mediated behavioral changes within marine invertebrates, specifically chemically mediated non-consumptive effects (NCE’s) between predator and prey. I study the NCE’s between the blue crab Callinectes sapidus and its prey, the mud crab Panopeus herbstii. I am in the process of chemically characterizing the signal molecule responsible for NCE’s between the two crab species, found primarily in the urine of C. sapidus.
Roy J., Poulson-Elestad K. L., Sieg T. D., Poulin R., Kubanek L. Chemical Ecology of the marine plankton. Nat Prod Rep 2013 30 (11) 1364-1379