Research Assistants

Emma Esch

Claudia Arredondo

Majors: Biology
Class: Miami Dade College Class 2020, Proposed undergraduate completion in 2022
Email: claudiarredondo226@gmail.com
Date Joined: May 2019 through Miami - Dade College Bridge Program
Lab Duties: Research on the effects of copper in the development of Lymnaea stagnalis

Claudia Arredondo was born in Cuba, and when she was 8 years old her family immigrated to the United States. At a young age, she was fascinated by the beauty and mystery of the ocean. Living near the ocean her whole life it always inspired her to learn more about it. She is currently majoring in Biology at The Honors College of Miami Dade College. She came to the Grosell Lab through the Bridge to Baccalaureate Program and in the lab, she studies the effects copper on the development of Lymnaea stagnalis.


Emma Esch

Emma Esch

Majors: Marine Science and Biology
Minors: Psychology 
Class: Spring 2020
Email: ebe18@miami.edu
Date Joined: Fall 2016
Lab Duties: Ammonia level testing in water samples, Experiment prep. Starting a research project on olfactory responses in young mahi. 

Emma Esch started at the University of Miami in the fall of 2016 to pursue her undergraduate degree in marine science and biology. During her freshman year, she became a research assistant in Dr. Martin Grosell's lab at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS). She currently assists in many aspects of the lab working with all stages of mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus). In the future, Emma plans to further pursue her research career by conducting her own experiments to help with the RECOVER project.


Gabrielle Menard

Gabrielle Ménard

Majors: Marine Science and Biology
Minors: Marine Policy
Class: Spring 2020
Email:gmm124@miami.edu
Date Joined: Summer 2018
Lab Duties: Toadfish Husbandry and animal care, water quality measurements  

Gabrielle Ménard is an undergraduate student studying marine science and biology at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS). She currently lives in Bettendorf, Iowa and was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, but has moved about 12 times in between; although she has lived in Miami longer than either Iowa or Ottawa. After taking several courses in marine conservation, she became more interested in the effects of anthropogenic stressors on marine life and currently works as a research assistant in the Grosell lab. She is heavily involved in the University of Miami’s Marine Mammal Rescue Team and plans to pursue a career path in marine mammal conservation and research.


Rebecca Zlatkin

Rebecca Zlatkin

Majors: Exercise Physiology
Minors: Biology
Class: Spring 2020
Email: rlz20@miami.edu
Date Joined: May 2017 through Miami - Dade College Bridge Program 
Lab Duties: Carbon dioxide work with invertebrates, Swim tunnel respirometry work and metabolic costs, research pertaining to crude oil exposure (RECOVER) 

Rebecca Zlatkin was born and raised in Miami, FL and is currently majoring in Exercise Physiology at the University of Miami. Previously a student at Miami Dade College's Honor College, Becky came to the Grosell Lab through the Bridge to Baccalaureate Program, a collaboration between the University of Miami and Miami Dade College to provide research opportunities to minority students. During her time here, she has studied acid-base balance and behavioral disturbances in Aplysia californica as a result of ocean acidification. Becky now looks forward to future work in the Grosell Lab and different projects to be a part of.