Bachelors of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish, Georgia Southern University, Spring 2015
Thesis: "Coralline algal diversity in Apra Harbor: a molecular approach"
Coralline algae play an important ecological role in coral reefs and are some of the most sensitive organisms to climate change and ocean acidification. Matt's study will examine the diversity and community structure of coralline algae in Apra Harbor. Coralline algal DNA sequences will be compared to the known morphospecies of coralline algae within Apra Harbor, and community analyses will be conducted to examine coralline diversity and community composition along an established environmental gradient present throughout the harbor.