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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 masters thesis focused on the phylogeny of both batfishes (genus Ogcocephalus) and puffers (genus Sphoeroides). Currently, she is working on her PhD part time. Her dissertation research is focused on the phylogenetic relationships of sea robins (family Triglidae) and examining the genes responsible for their characteristic armor.

Lizz received her B.S. in Biology with a specialization in Marine and Aquatic Sciences from Bowling Green State University in 2012. After leaving BGSU, Lizz worked as  a research technician at The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab, where she worked on a variety of projects ranging from zooplankton identification to elasmobranch surveys.

Current Projects: 

1.  Phylogenic relationships of sea robins (Triglidae)

2.  Developmental transcriptomics of sea robins

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


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