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Abigail J. Knee
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Research Interests
Organismal biology and ecology; application of molecular techniques to traditional ecology, evolution and systematics; marine invertebrate speciation patterns and processes, especially the contribution of larvae to community establishment, population maintenance, and genetic connectivity; deep-sea and hydrothermal vent communities; biogeographic patterns; metapopulation dynamics and response to disturbance events.

Molecular biology
  • Isolation, amplification, and sequencing of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA
  • Primer design and PCR optimization
  • Agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis
  • Direct sequencing, cloning, and plasmid preparation
  • Microsatellite repeat enrichment, isolation, and screening
Data analysis
  • Sequence confirmation and alignment primarily in SEQUENCING ANALYSIS, AUTOASSEMBLER, and SEQUENCHER
  • Phylogenetics using CLUSTAL, FASTA, GCG, MACCLADE, PAUP*, and TREEVIEW
  • Population genetics in ARLEQUIN, FSTAT, GENALEX, GENEPOP, GENETIX, and MSA

Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography, expected 2008, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. Dissertation: ?Spatiotemporal investigation of population genetic dynamics at deep-sea hydrothermal vents along the East Pacific Rise and Galapagos Rift.? Thesis advisor: Dr. Timothy M Shank.

B.S. Marine Biology, German Minor. 2002, University of Rhode Island, summa cum laude. Honors Thesis: ?Two new species of Halosydna Kinberg, 1855 (Annelida: Polychaeta: Polynoidae) from Peru and California/Mexico.? Academic advisor: Dr. J. Stanley Cobb.

SSI Open-Water SCUBA License, 1999, Atlantic Aquasport, Rye, NH.

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