I'm a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota (May 2018) currently pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of Miami, expected graduation Spring 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.
Colwell, M., Wanner, N. M., Drown, C., Drown, M., Dolinoy, D. C., & Faulk, C. (2020). Paradoxical whole genome DNA methylation dynamics of 5’aza-deoxycytidine in chronic low-dose exposure in mice. Epigenetics.
Colwell, M., Drown, M., Showel, K., Drown, C., Palowski, A., & Faulk, C. (2018). Evolutionary conservation of DNA methylation in CpG sites within ultraconserved noncoding elements. Epigenetics, 13(1), 49-60.
How organisms respond to stress and their ability to adapt to rapidly changing environments.
2018 - Present
University of Miami
Current Ph.D. Candidate in Marine Genomics.
Advisors: Dr. Douglas Crawford and Dr. Marjorie Oleksiak. Lab website.
The role epigenetic modifications play in adaptation and plasticity.
2014 - 2018
University of Minnesota
B.S. Ecology evolution and behavior.
Minor Marine Biology.
Research advisor: Dr. Christopher Faulk.
At what life stage organisms are most vulnerable to environmental stressors and the interplay between plasticity and adaptive evolution.