I joined the Hofmann lab in 2017 with an interest in studying mechanisms organisms employ to deal with rapid environmental change. Currently my research focuses on studying epigenetic mechanisms, transgenerational plasticity (TGP) and their intersection, as a means by which organisms may cope with warming oceans. Specifically, I am working with California mussels (Mytilus californianus) inhabiting the rocky intertidal zone to better understand the role of epigenetic mechanisms, such as DNA methylation, in thermal acclimation. The rocky intertidal zone is the ideal place to explore these interactions due to steep environmental stress gradients over small spatial scales. Additionally, I am interested in understanding the capacity for acclimatory responses to be passed on to future generations through epigenetic inheritance and maternal provisioning.