I am an evolutionary biologist who enjoys cooking, running, and (recently) climbing. In my spare time I like assembling genomes of interesting critters and am always on the lookout for fun collaborations!


Currently, I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Miami in the Marine Genomics lab, expected graduation Fall 2022. My dissertation work focuses on rapid evolution in response to changing environmental temperature in a small teleost fish, Fundulus heteroclitus. In spring 2023 I will start an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with Dr. Suzanne McGaugh (University of Minnesota) and Dr. Johanna Kowalko (LeHigh University) to build a genotype to fitness map in Mexican tetras (Astyanax). 

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Drown, M.K., Crawford D.L., & Oleksiak, M.F. (2022). Transcriptomic analysis provides insights into molecular mechanisms of thermal physiology. BMC genomics.

Drown, M.K., DeLiberto, A.N., Ehrlich, M.A., Crawford, D.L., & Oleksiak, M.F. (2021). Interindividual variation in metabolic and thermal tolerance traits from populations subjected to recent anthropogenic heating. Royal Society Open Science. 

Traylor-Knowles, N., Connelly, M.T., Young, B.D., Eaton, K., Muller, E.M., Paul, V.J., Ushijima, B., DeMerlis, A., Drown, M.K., Goncalves, A. and Kron, N. (2021). Gene Expression Response to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Transmission in M. cavernosa and O. faveolata From Florida. Frontiers in Marine Science.

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