Anderson B Mayfield


I am a marine biologist based in Southern Taiwan hailing from Nashville, TN (USA), a veritable hotbed of marine biology research. I have had the good fortune to travel all over the Pacific Rim over the past five years collecting corals with the goal of attempting to estimate their health and/or level of stress using molecular physiological approaches. If you have any interest in this sample set, which is heavily dominated by the model reef-building coral for research, Pocillopora damicornis, please email me ( I am tired of working on this potentially valuable sample set in a relative vacuum!

More generally, I am interested in how marine invertebrates respond to changes in their environment. I am particularly interested in the sub-cellular basis of reef-building corals' resilience to shifts in their abiotic environment, and my work readily employs molecular and cell biology approaches. Although most of my work over the past 10 years has relied heavily on making physiological inferences from gene expression signatures of corals and their endosymbiotic dinoflagellates (genus Symbiodinium), I will likely move away from this sub-discipline in the future given the absolute and total lack of congruency/correlation between gene and protein expression in reef-building corals and Symbiodinium! Proteomics-based approaches may be the way to go for me, but I'm open to suggestions....

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Work details

postdoctoral researcher

Living Oceans Foundation
April 2013
Traveling the world to sample the model coral Pocillopora damicornis, with the ultimate aim of documenting its health under a variety of environmental conditions.


National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
June 2008
Research Building II
Studying the molecular and cellular biology of reef-building corals. I've done so much lab work that I am probably partially fluorescent and eject dNTPs when I sneeze.....but it's all worth it!
August 24, 2016
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