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University of Hawaii at Manoa/Honolulu, HI

Ph.D. Student, Marine Biology. Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Hunter

In progress

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico/Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Light and Photosynthesis on Coral Reefs. Three-week course. Dr. Roberto Iglesias-Prieto and others

2014

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University/Stony Brook, NY

M.Sc. in Marine and Atmospheric Science. Advisor: Dr. Gordon Taylor

2012

George Mason University/Fairfax, VA

Advanced Course: Coral Tissue Slide Reading Workshop. Dr. Esther Peters, Professor

2010

Pace University/New York, NY

M.Sc. Student, Environmental Science. Advisor: Dr. James Cervino (transferred to SoMAS)

2009

Mote Marine Laboratory, Tropical Research Laboratory/Summerland Key, FL

Advanced Course: Diseases of Corals and Other Reef Organisms. Dr. Esther Peters, Professor

2008

CUNY - New York City College of Technology/New York, NY

Undergraduate science pre-requisites

2008

Columbia University/New York, NY
Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC)

Certificate, Conservation Biology

2007

Parsons School Of Design/New York, NY

B.F.A. in Fashion Design

1993

Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa/ Honolulu, Hawaii

Research Assistant

Jan 2014 - present

Pacific Center for Environmental Studies (PaCES)/Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB)
Windward Community College & HIMB/Kaneohe, Hawaii

Guest Lecturer and Field Assistant for coral module

June 2013

University of Hawaii at Manoa/Honolulu, Hawaii

Teaching Assistant (TA) Introduction to Biology Lab - Bio 172L

Spring 2013

University of Hawaii at Manoa/Honolulu, Hawaii

Teaching Assistant (TA) Corals and Coral Reefs - Zool 410

Spring 2013

University of Hawaii at Manoa/Honolulu, Hawaii

Research Assistant

Fall 2012

Rainforest Alliance/New York, New York

Communications Coordinator, Design and Production

Oct 2005 – May 2010

Global Vision International/Sian Ka’an, Yucatan, Mexico

Volunteer – Coral Reef Monitoring and Characterization Project

Summer 2003

The British School/Livorno, Italy

English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher

2000

Scuola 2F/Florence, Italy

ESL Teacher and Teacher Group Leader (Capo Gruppo)

1998 – 2000

Pursuit of career in fashion design in New York and Italy from 1994 - 2003.

Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Alpha Lambda Chapter, Hawaii

Treasurer

2013 - present


Is it Good To Be Blue? Investigation Into the Functional Role of Chromoproteins in the Blue Stony Coral Montipora flabellata. PhD dissertation research.

Research is focused on determining distribution and optimal habitat of M. flabellata in Kaneohe Bay. Will use histology to determine location of chromoptoteins (CPs) in coral epithelia, and CPs will be extracted and characterized. Colonies of interest will be sampled and kept in flow-through system at Point Lab at HIMB. Blue-pigmented specimens will be shaded to reduce CP concentration and high and low CP concentration specimens will be challenged with increased seawater temperatures to determine CP role in thermal bleaching scenarios.

Coral Cruise Micronesia 2012

Participated in a month-long cruise aboard the M/Y Alucia, funded by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, to gather baseline information on colony distribution and size class of approximately 60 genera of Pacific hard and soft corals. More info.

Investigation into pathological responses of two phenotypes of the Scleractinian coral, Montastraea faveolata, to putative marine Vibrio pathogens. MSc thesis.

Corals of the genus Montastraea are particularly susceptible to disease in the Caribbean, although not all colonies become infected on the same timescale. Exposure of two phenotypes of the coral Montastraea faveolata to potentially pathogenic marine bacteria and histological examination of the cellular and tissue responses, aim to determine whether a colony’s vulnerability to infection is a function of its physiology. More info.

Karpata dive site monitoring project - 2007 to 2012.

Annual visit to Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, to monitor the health of Montastraea spp. coral colonies and record prevalence of Caribbean yellow band disease. At depths 5, 10, and 15 meters transects of up to 100 linear meters at each depth are covered and all Montastraea spp. colonies are recorded as apparently healthy or diseased.


Richards Donà, Angela Investigation into pathological responses of two phenotypes of the Scleractinian coral, Montastraea faveolata, to putative marine Vibrio pathogens.
M.Sc. thesis. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 2013. SUNY Digital Repository and Print.

Richards Donà A, Cervino JM, Goreau TJ, Bartels E, Hughen K, Smith GW, Donà A (2008)
Coral Yellow Band Disease; current status in the Caribbean and links to new Indo-Pacific outbreaks.
Proc. Intl. Coral Reef Symp. 1:239-243.


Pathological Responses of the Caribbean Coral, Montastraea faveolata to Putative Marine Vibrio Pathogens
Oral Presentation
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. March 19, 2014.
HIMB Spring Seminar Series.

Disease on Coral Reefs
Oral Presentation
University of Hawaii at Manoa. March 17, 2014.
Corals and Coral Reefs undergraduate course (ZOOL 410).

Damaging Interactions Between the Coral Holobiont and Putative Bacterial Pathogens. Undetectable Until It Is Too Late
Oral Presentation
University of Hawaii at Manoa. March 13, 2014.
39th Annual Albert L. Tester Symposium.

Damaging Interactions Between the Coral Holobiont and Putative Bacterial Pathogens. Undetectable Until It Is Too Late
Oral Presentation
2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI. February 26, 2014.
Session 053 Coral Microbiology: Partners and Pathogens.

Coral Reef Organisms
Oral Presentation
Windward Community College. June 17, 2013.
PaCES - HIMB summer course for high school students.

Diseases on Coral Reefs
Oral presentation
University of Hawaii at Manoa. April 17, 2013.
Guest presentation for Corals and Coral Reefs course (ZOOL 410).

Investigation Into Pathological Responses of Two Phenotypes of the Scleractinian Coral, Montastraea faveolata to Putative Marine Vibrio Pathogens
Oral presentation
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University. August 1, 2012.
Thesis Defense.

Is That Coral Really Healthy? What Histology Can Tell Us About Corals That Lack Outward Signs Of Stress
Oral presentation
37th Eastern Fish Health Workshop. April 23, 2012.
Special Session 4 - As The Ocean Turns: How Environment Affects Coral Health.

Coral Yellow Band Disease; current status in the Caribbean and links to new Indo-Pacific outbreaks
Oral presentation
11th International Coral Reef Symposium. July 9, 2008.
Mini-symposia session 7 - Diseases on Coral Reefs.

Coral yellow band disease; recent infections in the Indo-pacific likely to follow devastating trend in the Caribbean
Poster presentation
American Museum of Natural History, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. April 2, 2009
Spring Symposium “Exploring the Dynamic Relationship Between Health and the Environment”

Photobiology

Experience in use of spectrophotometer, Diving PAM

Histology

Sample and slide preparation and analysis

Microbiology

Training in techniques including epifluorescence microscopy and fluorescence in situ hybridization

Field Research

Boat driving, underwater video and line transects, coral core collection, quadrat coral colony counts

Computer programs

SQL Server/My SQL database, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, R (basic), JMP (beginner)

Languages

English (native), Italian (fluent), Spanish (basic)

SCUBA Certification

AAUS Scientific Diver, PADI Rescue Diver, SSI Nitrox Diver

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