Dr. Michelle Achlatis
Associate Researcher CARMABI/UvA
Keywords: sponge physiology, photosymbiosis, bioerosion
I am a Postdoctoral Researcher working on coral reef ecology based at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), and associated with the CARMABI Research Institute and the California Academy of Sciences. I am involved in the CoralScape project with the Reefscape Genomics Lab, and have been working on a landscape genomics analysis of an abundant coral-eroding sponge. I am particularly interested in how populations of such aggressively spreading sponges expand in space and time. In my current position, I focus on the symbiosis between coral reef sponges and photosynthetic microorganisms in Curaçao (Southern Caribbean), where most of my fieldwork takes place. In my free time, I travel with or through books.