Lizz joined the Marine Genomics Laboratory at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in August 2015 and completed her masters with the MGL in August 2018. Her research focuses on the phylogeny of both batfish (genus Ogcocephalus) and puffers (genus Sphoeroides). She will also look at the interactions of recognized sister species within the geographic region of the GOM identified as a vicariance zone.


Lizz received her B.S. in Biology with a specialization in Marine and Aquatic Sciences from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. After leaving BGSU, Lizz worked as an intern in the Elasmobranch Molecular Endocrinology and Physiology Laboratory at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. Upon completion of her internship, Lizz was a research technician at GCRL, where she worked on a variety of projects ranging from zooplankton to elasmobranchs.

Current Projects: 

1.  Phylogeny of batfish (genus Ogcocephalus)

2.  Phylogeny of the (genus Sphoeroides)

3.  Genetic interactions of sister species in the vicariance zone of the Gulf of Mexico