Meet Our Visiting Scientists and Island Guides

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Karen Echeverri, PHD

Cellular and Molecular Regeneration at Marine Biological Laboratory

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Catherine McCusker, Ph.D.

Developmental Biology and the Molecular Mechanisms of Regeneration at University of Massachusetts, Boston

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Dr. Loretta Roberson

Associate Scientist at Marine Biological Laboratory


Dr. Jeffrey M Schell

SEA Semester

Professor of Oceanography,
Program Director for SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

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Dr. Nathalie Ward

MS, Cultural Anthropology; PhD, Conservation Biology


Bios for Visiting Scientists and Island Guides

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Karen Echeverri, PHD

Marine Biological Laboratory

Karen is on the cutting edge of bio-medical research studying cellular and molecular regeneration in her laboratory at the MBL. Using a salamander model, Dr. Echeverri investigates how these animals are capable of regenerating very complex systems (limbs, brain tissue, heart) and in particular, spinal cords. She is also working to understand the evolution of regenerative ability using local invertebrate sea anemones (Nematostella vectensis) as another model for regeneration. Dr. Echeverri earned her degrees at University College Galway, Ireland, Trinity College, Dublin and Max Planck Institute in Germany. She is the proud mom of two elementary school age children.