I graduated from the University of Minnesota in May 2018 and am currently 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. Previously, I was a class of 2016 NOAA Hollings Scholar at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and an undergraduate research assistant in the Faulk lab at the University of Minnesota. With NOAA, I completed a summer internship investigating the effects of ocean acidification on the early life stages of fish. My undergraduate research investigated the impact of environmental stressors on the epigenome.

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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.

Drown, M.K., DeLiberto, A.N., Crawford, D.L., & Oleksiak, M.F. (2020). An innovative setup for high-throughput respirometry of small aquatic animals. Frontiers in Marine Science: Aquatic Physiology. 

Colwell, M., Wanner, N.M., Drown, C., Drown, M.K., Dolinoy, D.C., & Faulk, C. (2020). Paradoxical whole genome DNA methylation dynamics of 5’aza-deoxycytidine in chronic low-dose exposure in mice. Epigenetics. 



Email: mxd1288@miami.edu

Twitter: @melissakd6