Adrienne Correa

Adrienne M.S. Correa

 Assistant Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

NAS Gulf Research Program Early Career Fellow

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Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellow:

Amanda Shore - Google Scholar

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Amanda obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, studying the microbial ecology and epidemiology of a coral disease, Montipora White Syndrome, in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. As a postdoc at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore, Maryland, she investigated coral holobiont responses to ocean acidification. In the Correa Lab, Amanda is continuing to investigate coral holobiont responses to anthropogenic stressors, focusing on the changes related to storm-driven flooding events.


Ph.D. students:

Carsten Grupstra - Google Scholar

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For his Ph.D. thesis, Carsten will study the ecological functions of viruses in coral reef ecosystems, with a focus on whether viral infections contribute to coral bleaching and disease. He completed his undergraduate and master's coursework with a focus on coral reef ecology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and, thereafter, he researched the effects of pollution on bacterial community compositions in Red Sea corals at KAUST in Saudi Arabia.

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Lauren Howe-Kerr

Lauren will examine the role of viral infection in coral bleaching and disease for her Ph.D. thesis, with a focus on viruses that infect corals’ symbiotic algae (Symbiodinium). She completed her B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice in May 2017, and her senior thesis focused on examining the role of symbiont community structure on the stress response of Acropora millepora coral colonies.


Masters students:

Jennifer Drummond - Google Scholar

After completing her B.A. in Biology at Rice, Jenn spent a couple of decades doing general programming and cancer informatics. She returned to BioSciences at Rice in 2016, working in the Correa and Egan labs as a bioinformaticist. In the fall of 2018, Jenn will continue her training as an ecological genomicist in BioSciences EEB Master’s program.


Research Technician:

Dennis Conetta

Dennis is a recent graduate from Northeastern University’s Three Seas Program, where he received his Master’s in Marine Biology. His thesis research was conducted at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology in Dr. Ruth Gates’ Lab. There, Dennis quantitatively analyzed differences between the brown and orange color morphs of the stony coral Montipora capitata and monitored how they respond physiologically to different light environments. Dennis also gained research experience in Friday Harbor and Bocas del Toro (Panama) through his Masters program. Dennis received his Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology and Wildlife Conservation Biology at the University of Rhode Island.


Undergraduate students:

Antonia Brown

Rebekah Bryant

Sarah Glover

Anna Knochel

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Anna is a rising senior in the lab who will study the viral infection rates of thermotolerant and thermosensitive Symbiodinium clades during exposure to heat stress. In the past she has worked with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and Mote Marine Laboratory exploring the effects of thermal stress on coral physiology. Anna also has a side gig organizing and processing data for the Flower Garden Banks' manta ray catalog. She loves underwater photography, scuba diving, and is training for her divemaster through PADI.


Kristin Rabbitt

Alex Rovner

Kelsey Sanders

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As an undergraduate student, Jordan is working on a project to characterize Symbiodinium communities found in corals in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (northwest Gulf of Mexico). She is also involved in the Hurricane Harvey RAPID Response project.


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Correa Lab, April 2018:

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Correa Lab, December 2017:

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Lab Alumni:

Preeya Bhavsar, undergraduate researcher

Cathy Cheng, senior thesis student

Grace Cullinan, senior thesis student

Riley Hatch, lab technician

Lauren Howe-Kerr, senior thesis student, currently a Ph.D. student in the Correa Lab

Rebecca Maher, senior thesis student, currently a Ph.D. student at Oregon State University, 

Laura Mathewsundergraduate researcher

Jesse Passman, undergraduate researcher

Michael Saucedo, undergraduate researcher

Elaine Shen, senior thesis student, currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Rhode Island,

© Adrienne Simoes Correa 2016