Avery Sea Hiley -
The aim of my personal research is to more conclusively understand the evolution and biodiversity of branchiate scale-worms, utilizing molecular phylogenetic methods and morphology. These fascinating marine worms are native to deep-sea chemosynthetic-based ecosystems, such as methane seeps, hydrothermal vents, volcanic seamounts, and whale falls. They exhibit remarkable morphological, molecular, and behavioral adaptations that enable them to thrive in these hypoxic habitats, which are often exposed to toxic concentrations of chemicals like hydrogen sulfide.
I have always had a passion for the ocean and the plethora of marine creatures that call it home. My itching curiosity to explore the biodiversity and evolution of marine invertebrates inspired me to become a proud member of Spineless. As the lab manager, my personal objectives are to instill in new students a shared passion for our research and to help elicit publications in a collaborative, timely fashion.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Marine Biology Research Division
8750 Biological Grade
La Jolla, CA 92037