I am a Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences PhD student. My current work focuses on identifying variability in metabolomic profiles among unique coral genotypes grown in an offshore nursery and ex-situ sexual reproduction of staghorn and elkhorn corals to augment in restoration efforts throughout the Keys and the Caribbean. Before joining the Patterson lab, I was a Navy Corpsman for eight years and completed two tours in Afghanistan with the Marines. During my Naval career, I simultaneously completed a Masters in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida focusing on the current state of global coral reef decline with a focus on the status and management of corals native to South Florida. Furthermore, the lab never fails to remind me that I once worked as a dolphin trainer and thus possesses an unnatural ability to attract these elusive animals during field research.
B.S. Biology, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
M.F.A.S., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Henry, J., O’Neil, K., and Patterson, J. 2019. Native herbivores improve sexual propagation of threatened staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis. Frontiers in Marine Science 6: 713. doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00713.
Henry, J., Yanong, R., McGuire, M., and Patterson, J. 2018. A guide to common stony corals of Florida. EDIS Publication FA-210. Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, UF/IFAS. 19 pp. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fa210.