Coral reefs in Jobos Bay (National Estuarine Research Reserve) are under duress by anthropogenic as well as by natural stressors. The main purpose of this project is to implement the FORAM Index and to determine which factors play a seasonal role in the water quality of the reefs. This project is funded by Puerto Rico Sea Grant.
WHAT MY RESEARCH IS ALL ABOUT!!
Inherent in my research philosophy is the training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students in research. I teach them that hard work will allow them to develop the proper tools and skills to be competent scientists to join the workforce pipeline and excel in their industrial, private, or academic careers. Engaging students is no easy task because they have additional benchmarks that they need to accomplish and many students do not understand the commitment involved in research.
My diverse background in geology, oceanography, environmental micropaleontology, and sediment geochemistry are cornerstones in establishing successful research projects related to short- and long-term impacts of heavy metals and other contaminants on coastal/marine settings.
My research agenda examines numerous aspects of environmental micropaleontology, geochemistry and experimental culture work of pollutants in liaison with bio-indicators. It aims to develop a multi-level, mechanistic understanding of the fate and trophic transfer of pollutants and their ecological, environmental, and physiological impacts on bio-indicators in coastal/marine systems. My current agenda addresses my three main research topics that focuses on the following interconnected research themes which are in complementary alignment with interdisciplinary research: