Confucius tells us to study the past in order to know the future. This wisdom applies not only to acts of love and war, but also to the conservation of nature in our changing world. As a marine scientist, I study how changes in ocean climate over recent geological time have shaped the evolutionary and population histories of marine animals, and I use this information to predict the future of our oceans. In the absence of fossil data, my work relies on genetics and ecological modeling to reveal the processes that have shaped spatiotemporal patterns of biodiversity, phenotypic variation, and population connectivity in coastal marine ecosystems. I also use biological invasions as natural experiments to test hypotheses about the relative influences of biotic and abiotic processes influencing the evolution of marine animals. In my spare time, I use my data science skills for political and social activism and am also a mom to a preschooler.
Contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow her on twitter at: @EJSbrocco