Carlos Varela

My research interest mainly focuses on taxonomy and systematics and phylogeny of marine and freshwater crustaceans (Peracarida and Decapoda). I am involved in the DEEPEND Consortium as a PhD student in the Florida International University in the CRUSTOMICS lab with Dr. Heather Bracken-Grissom. Our research will use taxonomy and molecular techniques to create a robust inventory of the crustacean fauna in the Gulf of Mexico and to match the larvae-adult linkages of the deep-water species of deep-water crustaceans.