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Dr. Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty is a marine molecular ecologist at Florida International University. His research focuses on discerning the physiological and adaptive basis of tolerance and resistance to abiotic and biotic stressors of cnidarian organisms, in particular but not restricted to reef-building corals. This also includes the study of the symbiotic interactions between microbial organisms and cnidarian hosts as part of the acclimatization and adaptive responses of the entire symbiotic consortia. Dr. Rodriguez-Lanetty obtained his bachelor degree in the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Caracas, Venezuela) and his PhD in the University of Queensland (Australia).