Holly Sweat

Holly Sweat is a marine community ecologist focusing broadly on patterns and drivers of biogeography and biodiversity in benthic marine ecosystems. A particular emphasis of Holly’s research is examining the potential for microbes to act as ecosystem engineers by changing how macroinvertebrate and algal communities are structured.  Her current project is exploring latitudinal gradients in the marine fouling microbiome with a goal toward uncovering which microbes are involved in the development of these complex encrusting communities.

PhD Oceanography, Florida Institute of Technology
MS Biological Oceanography, Florida Institute of Technology
BS Marine Science, Eckerd College 

Project Title:  Comparing the marine fouling microbiome and its impact on larval recruitment across latitudes

Primary Advisor: Valerie J. Paul