Alanna Durkin recently defended her Ph.D. in the Cordes Lab at Temple University. Her dissertation studies the ecology of deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems from multiple scales of ecology, spanning from the population dynamics of a single species of cold-seep tubeworm to the global biogeography of hydrothermal vent and cold seep communities. All of her work is characterized by a strong focus on data analysis and computer programming in multiple languages.
In addition to her ecological expertise, Alanna has several years of experience teaching biology in higher education. She has engaged students, from first-year undergraduate non-science majors to graduate students in the biology students, in scientific inquiry and fostered technical skill-building by sharing her passion for the life sciences through evidence-based pedagogical techniques.