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Marie E. Strader
Biological Sciences
Assistant Research Professor

Office: 310 Funchess Hall

101 Life Sciences Bldg.
Auburn University, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-1638
Fax: (334) 844-1645



Postdoctoral Scholar – Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology – University of California Santa Barbara
Ph.D. Evolution and Behavior – University of Texas, Austin
B.Sc Biology Biology – University of Oregon

Research and Teaching Interests

I am an integrative biologist that studies how the environment shapes organismal traits. My research spans multiple levels of biological organization, answering mechanistic questions on the molecular level that relate to ecological and evolutionary processes. Specifically, my research explores diverse organism-environment interactions across life-history stages in a variety of marine invertebrates. Early life-history stages are key determinants of organismal success in response to environmental change and are exposed to different selection pressures than adults. My research aims to address broad questions in marine molecular ecology research including: What traits enable survival during early development? How much does climate change modify these traits? To what degree are these traits different across populations? To what extent are they genetically heritable or phenotypically plastic? How are host responses to the environment modulated by obligate symbioses? I approach these questions using a wide-range of techniques, from field ecology to functional genomics.

Selected Publications

  1. Strader ME, Wong JM, Kozal LC, Leach TS, & Hofmann GE 2019. Parental environments alter DNA methylation in offspring of the purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratusJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 517:54-64.

  2. Wright RM, Strader ME, Genuise HM, & Matz MV 2019. Effects of thermal stress on amount, composition, and antibacterial properties of coral mucus. PeerJ 7:e6849.

  3. Quigley KM*, Strader ME*, & Matz MV 2018. Relationship between Acropora millepora juvenile fluorescence and composition of newly established Symbiodinium assemblage. PeerJ 6:e5022. ​*Co-first author

  4. Cleves, PA*, Strader ME*, Bay LK, Pringle, JR, & Matz MV 2018. CRISPR/Cas9– mediated genome editing in the reef-building coral Acropora milleporaPNAS 15:5235-5240. *Co-first author.

  5. Strader ME, Aglyamova GV, & Matz MV 2018. Molecular characterization of larval development from fertilization to metamorphosis in a reef-building coral. BMC Genomics 19:17.

  6. Davies SW,* Strader ME*, Kool JT, Kenkel CD, & Matz MV 2017. Coral life history differences determine the refugium potential of a remote Caribbean reef. Coral Reefs 36:913-925. *Co-first author.

  7. Strader ME, Aglyamova GV, & Matz MV 2016. Red Fluorescence in coral larvae is associated with a diapause-like state. Molecular Ecology 25:559-569.

  8. Strader ME, Davies SW, & Matz MV 2015. Differential responses of coral larvae to the colour of ambient light guide them to suitable settlement microhabitat. Royal Society Open Science, 2.

  9. Manning L, Heckscher ES, Purice MD, Roberts J, Bennett AL, Kroll JR, Pollard JL, Strader ME et al. 2012. A resource for manipulating gene expression and analyzing cis-regulatory modules in the Drosophila CNS. Cell Reports 2:1002-1013.

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