WHAT MY RESEARCH IS ALL ABOUT!!

Philosophy

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.

Agenda

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:

Projects led by Dr. Martínez-Colón

HYDRA

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FORAM Index in coral reefs from Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Sea Grant and NOAA-CCME)

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Rapid environmental health assessment using foraminifers and microbes (Puerto Rico Sea Grant)

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Foraminiferal/bacterial associations from Florida and Texas (NOAA-CCME)

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Multi-proxy assessment of hurricane María deposits (National Science Foundation)

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Microbiomes and foraminiferal associations (Gulf Research Program)

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Foram ecosystem health index at the  Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary (Gulf Research Program)

Collaborating projects
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Benthic ecosystem resiliency vs oil/heavy metal pollution (Gulf Research Program)

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Nematodes and forams from the West Florida Escarpment (NOAA- Ocean Exploration and Research)

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Benthic foraminifera as pollution bioindicators in Nigeria, Africa

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