Principal Investigator


Ph D student




Masters Students


Undergraduate Researchers















Dr. Candice Lumibao

Dr. Candice Lumibao is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She obtained her PhD at University of Notre Dame (USA). She is passionate about a lot of things – from plants, microbiomes, science education, R to hiking, reading and social dancing. She uses a variety of tools in my research, including ancient DNA, metagenomics, ‘resurrection’ ecology and population genetics.




Yue Liu (2022-2027)

Yue Liu is a Ph. D. student majoring in Marine Biology at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. She conducts research on the functional outcomes of plant-microbe interactions related to coastal ecosystem processes under changing climate. She is good at some ball games such as table tennis, tennis and badminton. When she’s not busy, she usually spends time with her friends, especially enjoying the sunshine on the beach





Alex Aromin (2022-2027)

Alex is a PhD student who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology Environmental Science from Montana State University, Billings. Shorty after, she worked as a research assistant in a plant ecology lab under the guidance of Dr. Mandy Slate and Dr. Ragan Callaway at the University of Montana. In May 2021, she received her Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee





Jezreel Wilson (2023-2025)

Jezreel Wilson is a graduate student in the MS Biology program. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a B.S. Biology (Botany concentration) and a minor in Geology. Jezreel’s future goals include strengthening STEM education for at-risk youth, especially within special populations (bilinguals and disabled teens). When she is not actively teaching or attending classes, she enjoys playing the violin and listening to classical music.






Georgia Harris (2022 – present, LSAMP scholar)

Georgia Harris is a second-year undergraduate student at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi earning a BS- Environmental Science with a concentration in marine and coastal resources. Upon graduation she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in environmental science. She enjoys going to the beach, studying for classes, and spending time with her friends




Jamie Yang (2024 – present)

I’m a second-year nursing student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, with a growing interest in marine biology sparked by a friend. Planning to pursue a master’s in science after graduation, I’m passionate about learning and exploring new things. Beyond academics, I love cooking, drawing, and spending quality time with friends, finding joy in diverse activities that balance my studies.





Bree Garcia, McNairs Scholar and Honors student (2023 – present)

I am majoring in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology. After graduation, I hope to apply to Grad schools to continue my academic career and achieve a Masters in Marine Biology. My future career goal is to help conduct research to better understand the marine animals to better aid them. In my free time, I like going to the beach with my friends, working out, and feeding my coffee addiction.






Maryam Sharafeldin (2024 – present










Awesome Lab Alumni (*Done*, but not forgotten!)

Grace Rush (2022 -2023, Honors student)

Ellie Hoover (2022, volunteer)

Mikaelia Robinson (2023 -2024)

Bre Clark (2022-2023)