As a Master’s student at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science, my research interests focus on marine invertebrate biodiversity and population connectivity. For my Master’s research I will be working with Dr. Heather Judkins and Dr. Mya Breitbart on a comparative genetics study of deep-sea cephalopods in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Judkins conducts research in cephalopod systematics, abundance, and diversity in the Gulf of Mexico, while Dr. Breitbart uses molecular techniques to assess marine biodiversity, respectively. I interact closely with both faculty members to examine intraspecies variation and population connectivity, as well as link taxonomic diagnoses with DNA barcodes. By studying the gene pool and genetic exchange of deep-sea cephalopods, my research will lend a fuller picture to the amount of gene flow amongst cephalopod species in the Gulf of Mexico.