Danielle M. DeLeo



Danielle joined the Cordes lab in 2012 as a PhD student after graduating with a BS in biology with an emphasis in ecology from Penn State University. She has since been elevated to candidacy in the summer of 2014. She has been investigating the lethal and sub-lethal impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) on surrounding deep sea coral communities. Her investigations include several live exposure studies looking at the toxicity of crude oil and the chemical dispersants used during the oil spill clean up efforts. She is also assessing the stress responses of cold water corals to oil and dispersant exposure and ocean acidification via de novo transcriptome assemblies for various species and subsequent gene expression analyses. She is currently focusing on the response of in situ impacted Paramuricea biscaya corals from the first documented impact site in the GoM (MC294).

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