Szpiech Lab

Population Genetics | Evolutionary Genomics

Anna Maria Calderon
Graduate Student (PhD); Co-advised with Iliana Baums
Biology Graduate Program

Cornelia is a Ph.D. student in the department of Biology. She completed her undergraduate education in Biology and Environmental Studies at Grinnell College, Iowa. Prior to joining the lab, she was a research assistant at the University of Illinois studying gene regulatory networks and cell fate during larval development in the marine snail, Crepidula fornicata. Her PhD research seeks to better understand the Caribbean hybrid coral, Acropora prolifera, and the genetic, developmental, and physiological mechanisms that allow it to thrive in variable environments. Generally, she is interested in determining the ecological and evolutionary impact Acroporid hybridization will have on the future of threatened Caribbean reefs.