Ryan Eckert

Ryan Eckert

Ryan is a PhD Student who just completed his Master’s thesis with the Voss lab in August 2019. Ryan’s thesis research focused on the coral species Montastraea cavernosaat several sites within two marine reserves on the Belize Barrier Reef. He is using microsatellite markers and next-generation sequencing to examine how M. cavernosapopulations and their assemblages of endosymbiotic algae (family Symbiodiniaceae) vary across a gradient from shallow to mesophotic depths. His PhD research looks to expand on our understanding of mesophotic ecology throughout the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. He received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Florida State University. Prior to starting at HBOI he worked as a researcher at NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, starting in 2009. While at FGBNMS he coordinated offshore field logistics for scientific diving missions and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) expeditions. He also ran quarterly long-term monitoring water quality sampling cruises and maintained long-term water quality sampling instrumentation.