My Ph.D. research focuses on understanding how amphibious fishes acclimate to two vastly different environments – land and water – using the same suite of structural and physiological traits. I am currently investigating the role of skeletal muscle remodeling in improving the locomotor performance of amphibious fishes in both aquatic and terrestrial settings. I am particularly excited about the link between skeletal muscle phenotype and metabolism, the cues for muscle remodeling when fish are out of water, and the mechanisms through which remodeling occurs. In the Wright Lab, I have other ongoing projects and interests that include the effects of hydrogen sulphide toxicity in the amphibious mangrove rivulus (Kryptolebias marmoratus) and how life-history characteristics influence muscle structure and function in these fish.
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