Adrienne Correa

Adrienne M.S. Correa

 Assistant Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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Ph.D. students:

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Carsten Grupstra

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.


Research Technicians:

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.


Jennifer Drummond


Jenn is a bioinformaticist who works with DNA or RNA sequence data on projects characterizing macro- and microorganisms in marine systems. Jenn is particularly interested in drivers of transitions between mangrove and salt marsh ecosystems. She is a Rice EEB department alumna, and worked in cancer genomics at Baylor College of Medicine before returning to ecology and evolution.


Undergraduate students:

Rebekah Bryant

Sarah Glover

Anna Knochel

Anna Knochel

As an undergraduate student, Anna has interned with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia and Mote Marine Laboratory researching the effects of climate change on coral health. At Rice, she helps with sample processing for the Mo'orea Viral Project and is interested in the viral diversity of Symbiodinium clades.


Kristin Rabbitt

Alex Rovner

Kelsey Sanders

Elaine Shen, senior thesis student

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As a senior thesis student, Elaine is quantifying mangrove and seagrass diversity using environmental DNA approaches. Elaine has previously conducted research at the Houston Zoo aquarium, and was also on "TeamA-CROP-pers” for for the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (Galveston, TX).


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Jordan Sims

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.


Eddie Tang

Correa Lab & Friends - December 2017:

Correa Holiday Party 2017

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 researche

© Adrienne Simoes Correa 2016