Marie Strader, Ph.D.
Office: MSRB 2411
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I am broadly interested in the impact of early life-history traits on fitness in marine invertebrates, especially in regards to mechanisms that enable embryos and larvae to respond to variable environments. I tackle this using an integrative approach that combines ecology, experimental biology and genomics.
In the Hofmann lab, I examine mechanisms that enable acclimatization of early life-stages to predicted climate change scenarios. Using the ecologically relevant model Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, I study how environmental stressors drive variation in maternal provisioning and offspring physiology. This is approached in a trans-generational framework examining egg biochemistry, larval gene expression, methylation and physiology. My PhD work examined how natural variation in complex larval traits (fluorescence and larval competence) contribute to the propensity to disperse in the reef-building coral Acropora millepora.