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My name is Melissa! I am Ph.D.-trained scientist based in Philadelphia, PA. I completed my Ph.D. at Temple University in the lab of Dr. Erik Cordes, where I investigated deep-sea biodiversity and biogeography of the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

Growing up just outside of Milwaukee, WI, I have been fascinated with nature and its inhabitants since an early age. My passion for understanding the natural world led me to Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, where I majored in Biology and gained experience conducting independent research on the reproductive dynamics of broadcast-spawning sea urchins. This research sparked my curiosity regarding how species arise and maintain isolation in an aquatic setting, which eventually led to my pursuit of a Ph.D. in marine biology.


During my Ph.D., I conducted research which aimed to uncover the processes that generate and maintain new species in the deep ocean across a variety of contexts using theories and methods grounded in biogeography, phylogenetics, and evolutionary ecology.


Currently, I am interested in pursuing a career that leverages my expertise in biological and marine sciences to benefit the natural world and those who rely on it. As an early-career scientist, I am open to a diversity of work experiences in which I may utilize my skill sets and knowledge.

  • Ph.D. in Biology, 2018-2023

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, Cum Laude, 2017

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

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