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PhD Candidate, Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology, UNC-CH

Isabel earned her BS in Biology with a concentration in Marine Ecology from Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador in 2019.

Currently, she is a graduate student at Dr. John Bruno’s lab where her focus lies in marine community ecology. Her research focuses on how abiotic environmental factors, such as upwelling and temperature, impact species interactions, biodiversity, and food webs — particularly in the context of herbivores as consumers and seaweed as primary producers. She conducts fieldwork in the Galapagos archipelago and uses the shallow rocky subtidal as a study system.


Brandt, M., Silva-Romero, I., Fernández-Garnica, D., Agudo-Adriani, E., Bove, C., & Bruno, J.F. (2022). Top-down and bottom-up control in the Galápagos upwelling system. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9.

Silva-Romero, I., Bruno, J.F., Silbiger, N., & Brandt, M. (2021). Local conditions influence thermal sensitivity of pencil urchin populations (Eucidaris galapagensis) in the Galápagos Archipelago. Marine Biology, 168.