Collin Lab



Robin Byron

Sara Knobelspiess
STRI intern and biology student at Free University in Germany.
She is interested in general marine biology.

Nerea Nieto

Nerea Nieto
STRI intern from Alcala University in Spain.
She is working on behavior crabs.

Robin Byron

Robin Byron
STRI intern and biology student at Reed College.
She is working on allometry in gastropod development, primarily moon snails and slipper limpets.

Carolyn Savoldelli

Carolyn Savoldelli
CollinLab intern and graduated from Colgate University with a BSc. in Biology.
She is interested in tropical ecology of marine invertebrates and will be studying larval development and adelphophagy in multiple snail species.

Leyre Villota Nieva

Leyre Villota Nieva
STRI intern and student in the marine biology department at Plymouth University, UK.
She is interested in larval marine invertebrates.


Shirley Binder

Shirley Binder
Collin Lab Intern June 2012- August 2012
American University- Undergraduate Marine Biology Major Worked as a volunteer in Smithsonian station Punta Culebra in 2009. Currently working in the Collin lab as a lab assistant for Crepidula marginalis Project.

Marcel Velazquez

Marcel Velazquez
Universidad de Oriente, Núcleo Nueva Esparta (UDONE)- Lic. Biología Marina.
Since 2004, Marcel has collaborated with the Museo Oceanológico Hno. Benigno Román (MOBR) and the Department of Marine Biology, both assigned to the Margarita Marine Research Station (EDIMAR) in environmental baseline studies, taxonomic, systematic and ecological studies of marine invertebrates in general. He has also participated in several field trips as a research diver. During his time as a student at the Universidad de Oriente (UDONE), he served as assistant research technician and docent, collaborating with the research activities of the carcinology and zoology labs.

His current research focuses on:

-Biology and natural history of mollusks.

-Embryonic and larval development of marine invertebrates in general, with special emphasis on molluscs.

-Reproductive strategies and life cycle of marine invertebrates from ecological-evolutionary perspective.

Olaf Thomsen

Olaf Thomsen
Carl von Ossietzky University, Germany – M. Sc. Marine Environmental Sciences (Emphasis marine Biology/Ecology)
Collin Lab Master Thesis June 2012 – November 2012
Project: Feeding on dead siblings: impacts of an extra food source on planktotrophic gastropod embryos and the evolution of adelphophagy.

Allan Carillo

Allan Carrillo
Universidad de Costa Rica (BS ’09)
Collin Lab Intern  June 2012-August 2012
Project: Effects of social interactions on size at sex change in Crepidula cf. marginalis
Interests: life history of marine invertebrates, larval ecology, zooplankton


Abby Spangler

Florida State University- Undergraduate Biology Major
Collin Lab Intern June 2011 - December 2011
Project: When, Where, and Why: Environmental physiology of egg deposition in an intertidal snail

Jeanette Hofstee

California State University-Long Beach
Collin Lab Intern January-November 2011
Project: Modification of velar lobe morphology across different developmental modes in Calpytraeid gastropods

Kaza Ansley

Kaza Ansley has a BS in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences with a focus on Ecology from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA. She began her internship as an NSF REU student, and enjoyed life in Panama and at STRI so much that she decided to stay longer! Currently, she is working on two projects: Linking morphology to evolvability of developmental methods in gastropods (Collin Lab) and examining temporal variation in seawater chemistry from Panama's Caribbean coast as part of a larger ocean acidification project (Collin Lab and Dr. Bob Stallard Lab). Her marine science interests lie within intertidal ecology, ocean acidification and informal science education/outreach.

Nadia Bonnett

Universidade Federal do Paraná - Departamento de Zoologia
Collin Lab Intern September 2011 - November 2011
Bocas del Toro Biodiversity Database - Taxonomy of Ascidians

Caitlin Shishido

University of Puget Sound (B.S. '09)
University of Washington, School of Marine Affairs (Current Graduate Student)
Collin Lab Intern October 2010 - August 2011
Project: Particle Capture and Ingestion Abilities in Calyptraeid Gastropods with Different Modes of Development
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Matt Starr

University of Minnesota - TC
Collin Lab Intern June 2009 - Sept 2010, June 2011-November 2011
Project: Enzyme variation with relation to mode of development in
calyptraeid gastropods.

Anabell Cornejo

Anabell Cornejo has a BSc. in Biology with emphasis in Microbiology and Parasitology from the University of Panama.  She has worked in STRI since 2006, first as a volunteer, then working on her undergraduate thesis, and later as an intern.
She has previously worked with invasive species and also with host parasite interactions.
Currently, she works on a predation risk project, assisting Kecia Kerr.
Her research interest is in Parasitology, Marine Biology and Ecology.


Claire Mérot

Ecole Normale Supérieure (PARIS) and University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris VI)
Collin Lab intern February 2009 – June 2009
Project: "Sex change in two species of calyptraeid gastropods: effects of nutrition and perceived mortality rate"



Tristan Carland
Bocas del Toro Biodiveristy Database


Carter Li



Lexi Weintraub
Bocas Database intern


Kelly Barr
Phylogenetic Relationship of Fissurellids

Lisa Addington
Bocas Intern
GIS development for Bocas Research Station


Michelle McLellan and Catherine Bailey-Jourdain
McGill-STRI NEO Undergraduate Interns