Erin Shilling

Erin Shilling

Erin is a Master’s Student who joined the lab in August of 2018. Erin’s thesis research involves comparing the success rates of various coral disease intervention methods, as well as analyzing any impacts these treatments may have on coral mucus microbial communities. Her work is part of a collaborative effort to save corals in the southeast Florida Reef Tract that are affected by an outbreak of a disease termed Scleractinian Tissue Loss Disease. Prior to FAU, she graduated in 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Biology, focusing on Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Throughout her undergrad career, she interned with several non-profits and volunteered at the Misha Matz Lab at UT, where she examined potential biomarker genes in Acropora millepora. Erin also took a study abroad course while at UT which included a three-week field course in Akumal, Mexico, and led surveys to assess potential human influence on coral reef community structure. She took part in UT’s Semester by the Sea program, spending a semester in Port Aransas, TX enrolled full time in field courses and labs.