Molly is interested in the biodiversity and spatial patterns and distributions of spineless non-charismatic megafauna on coral reef systems. Since 2001, she has been conducting research predominantly on marine invertebrates throughout the Pacific Ocean with the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division of NOAA Fisheries. For her Masters she investigated the population connectivity of the crown-of-thorns sea star, Acanthaster planci, in the central Pacific. Her PhD will predominantly focus on the diversity, distribution and community structure of cryptic marine invertebrates across spatial and environmental gradients. When Molly is not examining biodiversity, she’s hiking, backpacking, singing show tunes, enjoying a Chimay, reading Ayn Rand, crushing in cribbage, dominating in pinochle, and daydreaming of Middle Earth.
PI: Rob Toonen
Graduate program: Zoology