Kelcie Chiquillo

Postdoctoral Associate

Biological Sciences, CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment

Office: MSB 320

Phone: 305-919-4000


My research interests include biological invasions, population genetics, ecology, microbial ecology, and seagrass biology. My Ph.D. dissertation investigated the ecological dynamics and evolutionary origins of a globally invasive seagrass, and the interactions with native flora to explain how it has expanded and flourished across its invaded range. As an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology in the EELab, my research now focuses on the epigenetic mechanisms that drive biological invasions. More specifically, I address how a successful invasive seagrass acclimates and adapts to a changing climate. Additionally, I have developed a project using environmental DNA to monitor the biodiversity in South Miami Florida.


  • PhD in Biology, University of California, Los Angeles (2021)
  • BS in Marine Biology & Limnology, Minor in Holistic Health, San Francisco State University (2014)