Jonathan Peake

Education

Bachelor of Science at the University of Miami 2016
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Jonathan Peake

In addition to being a science geek, he developed a passion for mathematics and pursued a triple major in marine science, biology, and mathematics with a concentration in statistics. He utilized this combined passion in studying the lionfish invasion on a broader scale, combining and analyzing datasets from over a dozen researchers to characterize lionfish diet across their invaded range. He has also had experience using genomic and molecular tools to answer questions in a variety of fields including aquaculture and marine ecology. As questions of sustainability of fisheries resources continue to become more pertinent in our expanding global environment, traditional marine ecology survey and field techniques are being bolstered by laboratory-based genetic and molecular tools and analyses. As the technology supporting these tools continues to progress, more doors are opened for application of these tools to marine ecological questions. Jon’s goal is to expand upon his current knowledge of genetic and molecular tools and utilize the growing capabilities of these tools to explore how interactions between reef fish and their environment influence the sustainability of the fisheries reliant on reef ecosystems. An avid fisher, Jon has been fascinated by how exploited species utilize different habitats, and the potential inter-species interactions that lead to differing habitat use. Using a combination of population-based genomic analyses, stable isotope analysis, and the relatively new tool of environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis, Jon plans on exploring these interactions in exploited grouper and snapper species of the Gulf of Mexico and greater Caribbean for his PhD work.