Bruno lab


Current lab members

Esteban Agudo Alejandro (2019-   ) PhD student via the Biology Department, Esteban is working on the influence of temperature on marine predation.

Savannah Ryburn (2019-  ) PhD student via E3P, Savannah is working on the ecology of juvenile scalloped hammerhead sharks including their diet, movements, and habitat use.

Salome Jarmillo Gil (2022-  ) is a PhD in the Department of Biology. She is working on the ecology and conservation of sharks and rays.

Isabel Silva (2021-  ) MS student via the Biology Department, Isabel is working on the relative and interactive effects of temperature, herbivory, and nutrient flux in controlling benthic primary production in the Galapagos marine ecosystem.

Maya Zeff (2023-  ) a PhD student co-advised with the Pinksy Lab at UCSC working on marine food web ecology.

Emma Rudy Srebnik (2022-2024) undergraduate working on shark ecology with Savannah Ryburn.

Devin Armstrong (2024) undergraduate working on benthic community dynamics in the Galápagos Islands

AnnaGrace McCall (2023 – 2024) undergraduate working on fish community composition in the Galápagos Islands

Sidney Hipp (2023- present) undergraduate working on benthic community dynamics in the Galápagos Islands

Cassie Lowrance (2023- present) undergraduate working on spatiotemporal patterns of predation by fishes in the Galápagos Marine Reserve

Natalie Peoples (2023- present) undergraduate working on fish community composition in the Galápagos Islands

Lauren Robinson (2023- present) undergraduate working on macroalgal composition in the Galápagos rocky subtidal

Camille White (2023 – present) undergraduate honors student working on shark nurseries in the Galápagos

Past graduate students

Haley Capone (2021-2023) MS student via the Biology Department. Haley worked on the interactive effects of temperature and nutrients on benthic primary production. She is now a research technician working with the Bruno lab on algal systematics.

Kate Gould (2017-2023) PhD student via the Biology Department. Kate is worked on coral comparative physiological ecology and improving coral restoration. Kate is now the Director of restoration science at @coralvitareefs

Laura Mudge (2015-2020) PhD student via the Biology Department, now a statistical / environmental scientist with Integral Consulting, Inc

Catie Alves (2015-2020 PhD student via the CEE), currently a scientist with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Social Science Branch

Erin Spencer (2017- 2019) MS student via CEE. Erin worked on red snapper fisheries. Among other honors she won the campus 3 minute thesis competition and received an Impact Award. Erin is now a PhD student at FIU in the Papastamatiou lab, studying predator-prey interactions.

Lindsey Carr, (2009-2015) PhD student via the Biology Department who worked on subtidal ecology and shark fishing in the Galapagos Islands. 

Courtney Cox, PhD student via the Biology Department (2009-2014). Courtney worked on fisheries management in Belize and is now a research scientist at Rare

Rachel Gittman, PhD student  via the CEE (2009-2014). Rachel worked on salt marsh ecosystem function and conservation in North Carolina. Rachel is an Associate Professor at Eastern Carolina University

Abel Valdivia, PhD student via the Biology Department (2009-2014). Abel working on the role of sharks in coral reef ecosystems. Abel is a staff scientist at the World Wildlife Fund.

Serena Hackerott, MS student via the Marine Sciences Department (2013-2014). Serena worked on the impacts of lionfish on Caribbean reef communities. Serena is currently a PhD student at NOVA

Pamela Reynolds, PhD (2007-20011 via Biology)

Elizabeth R. Selig, PhD (2003-2008 via CEE), now Deputy Director, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University

Mary O’Connor, PhD (2003-2008 via CEE) now a Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Sarah C. Lee, PhD (2002-2008 via MASC) currently an Assistant Professor at DePauw University


Past post docs

Justin Baumann (2018-2020) SPIRE post doc

Colleen Bove (2020) Post doc

Kathryn Boyer, PhD (2003-2004, now an Associate Professor, San Francisco State University)

Nessa O’Connor, PhD (2005, now an Assistant Professor, Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland)

Zachary Long, PhD (2005-2007, now an Assistant Professor, UNCW)

Karl Castillo, PhD (2008-2012, now an Assistant Professor, UNC Chapel Hill, Dept of Marine Sciences)

Emily Darling (2013-2015), via a David H Smith Conservation Research Fellowship


Other past students and technicians 

Caroline Parker, Makeila Cox, Amanda DelVecchia, Meg Dolan, Katie DuBois, Leigh Habeger, Sam Harris, Brittany Huntington, Meredith Kintzing, Laura Ladwig, Emma Moran, Jackie Padilla-Gamino, Matt Perkinson, Virginia Schutte, Michael Simpson, Gillian Smelick, Bobby Vogt, Ivana Vu, Logan Gin, Anna Smith, David Fernandez, Sydney Mantell