Current lab members

Erin E Easton, PhD, Biological Oceanographer

Assistant Professor at UTRGV in SEEMS.

Research interests: Benthic ecology and evolution with a focus on mesophotic and deep-sea soft- and hard-bottom communities and taxa.

Contact details here.


Seeking undergraduate and graduate students to work in the lab. If you are interested in joining the lab, email me your CV and statement of research interest.

Kara Eckley, Ocean, Coastal, and Environmental Sciences Masters student

I started studying ecology at Seattle Pacific University and have been focused on marine ecology and conservation for some time now. I graduated in 2019, after having the chance to take courses in the Galapagos Islands, as well in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. After my graduation, I took a gap year to travel and complete my divemaster’s training in Thailand, along with an internship in marine conservation. During this time, I was able to conduct a study on the diversity of a local shipwreck and assist with assessments of fisheries around the time of the coronavirus lockdown event.

I am currently in my first year of pursuing my MS in Ocean, Coastal, and Earth Sciences at UTRGV. I am studying the benthic community composition of seamounts near Easter Island, using video, environmental, and genetic data collected from a research cruise in 2019. I hope to look at the effects of environmental factors such as depth, substrate type, and slope on changes in community composition.

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