Pilnick, Aaron

Pilnick, Aaron

PhD Student, Interdisciplinary Ecology

Advisor: Joshua Patterson

I am a PhD student in Dr. Joshua Patterson’s lab based out of the Florida Aquarium’s conservation facility in Apollo Beach, Florida. My research focuses on coral reef restoration aquaculture. Specifically, I am working on developing scalable methods to culture the long-spined sea urchin, Diadema antillarum, in hopes of restoring much needed herbivory to Caribbean coral reefs. My background includes an undergraduate degree from Tufts University (double major in Biology and Environmental Studies), five years of professional experience in the Public Aquarium industry, and working as a SCUBA instructor in the Florida Keys.

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