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Xaymara Serrano

Educational Partnership Program Alumna, NOAA Doctoral Fellow

LMRCSC Graduate Awarded Two Year Post-Doctoral Research Position at NOAA

Xaymara M. Serrano Ph.D., is a recent graduate of the Educational Partnership Program, Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center at the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). She received her Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries. Xaymara is a recipient of the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship and has recently been awarded a two year post-doctoral research associate position to work at the NOAA, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. Her research will focus on the synergistic effects of high temperature and eutrophication on the early life stages of corals.

Xaymara, received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras in 2004, and her Master’s degree in Marine Biology from RSMAS in 2008. Her Ph.D. research was advised by Dr. Andrew Baker (RSMAS) and her project focused on investigating the connectivity of coral populations at deep and shallow sites in the tropical western Atlantic. Her overall goal was to be able to determine whether deep water coral communities (20-40m) at select sites in the Florida Keys, Bermuda, and the U.S. Virgin Islands can act as important sources of larval replenishment for nearby shallow water reefs (<10m) following climate change-related episodes of coral reef "bleaching" and other direct anthropogenic influences.

Before working on corals, Xaymara conducted studies on the ecophysiology of the gray snapper which resulted in two publications in peer-reviewed journals. Congratulations Xaymara!