Jesirae Collins

As a marine science undergraduate research trainee, I am assisting the Marine Landscape Ecology Lab with populating a catalog of marine species likely to be found on the sandy seafloor habitat of Monterey Bay, CA. This catalog will be used as a reference for the sandy habitat geomorphology and epifaunal association research project. I have previous experience working as a scuba diver and aquarist where I succeeded in the captive breeding of various species of marine and freshwater fish. I am interested in gaining experience using geospatial technologies and advanced spatial statistics to analyze the relationships between marine habitats and patterns of species distribution in order to fill existing knowledge gaps, information which may be used by coastal resource managers and policy makers to protect marine habitats and conserve species.

 Jesirae holding up a live Loxorhynchus grandis. This sheep crab was  found in the intertidal zone at Moss Landing, California.

Jesirae holding up a live Loxorhynchus grandis. This sheep crab was  found in the intertidal zone at Moss Landing, California.