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Kelly Lin Wuthrich

Biology PhD Student at Florida International University

I am a PhD student Florida International University in Dr. Christian Cox's lab, studying the role of thermal stress on phenotypic plasticity and gene expression reversibility in the Panamanian slender anole (Anolis apletophallus). I am interested in discerning the physiological, behavioral, and genetic responses to heat shock and whether or not these lizards can reverse their changes once cooled again. My field work takes place at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panamá and I am grateful for the opportunity to work there.

I am a recent graduate of Binghamton University, State University of New York. I was a research assistant in Dr. Lindsey Swierk's lab where I worked on understanding the importance of coloration in water anole (Anolis aquaticus) antipredator adaptations and social signaling. I was a field intern in the summer of 2019 with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to gather data on levels of PFAS in Stewart State Forest, Newburgh NY. 


In my free time, I love to bake, especially cookies and cakes. I am an avid reader of almost any genre. I am a huge Taylor Swift fan, but my music tastes range from classical to pop to oldies. I love the outdoors and hiking. A goal of mine is that I hope to eventually climb all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks and Mount Kilimanjaro.

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