Hannah Elise Aichelman Hear my name
Postdoctoral Associate
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Biology




I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Boston University, and am co-advised by Dr. Sean Mullen and Dr. Sarah Davies. My research combines computational and physiological tools to better understand the origin and maintenance of diversity across biological scales. I completed my Ph.D. in the Davies Marine Population Genomics Lab in 2023, where I leveraged multiple computational approaches, including transcriptomics, population genetics, metagenomics, and large-scale satellite-derived environmental data and connected these data with long-term laboratory experiments and whole-organism physiology to understand the implications of climate change on coral reef ecosystems. Before my Ph.D., I completed a M.Sc. in Biology at Old Dominion University in the Barshis Lab and a B.Sc. in Environmental Science at UNC Chapel Hill. My M.Sc. thesis focused on understanding adaptation of the temperate coral Astrangia poculata to distinct temperatures across the species’ range.

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  1. Wuitchik DM, Aichelman HE, Atherton KF, Brown CM, Chen X, DiRoberts L, Pelose GE, Tramonte CA, Davies SW. Photosymbiosis reduces the environmental stress response under a heat challenge in a facultatively symbiotic coral. Sci Rep. 2024 Jul 05; 14(1):15484. PMID: 38969663; PMCID: PMC11226616; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-024-66057-2;
     
  2. Strader ME, Wright RM, Pezner AK, Nuttall MF, Aichelman HE, Davies SW. Intersection of coral molecular responses to a localized mortality event and ex situ deoxygenation. Ecol Evol. 2024 Apr; 14(4):e11275. PMID: 38654712; PMCID: PMC11036075; DOI: 10.1002/ece3.11275;
     
  3. Aichelman HE, Zimmerman RC, Barshis DJ. Correction: Adaptive signatures in thermal performance of the temperate coral Astrangia poculata. J Exp Biol. 2024 Apr 01; 227(7). PMID: 38563249
     
  4. Aichelman HE, Huzar AK, Wuitchik DM, Atherton KF, Wright RM, Dixon G, Schlatter E, Haftel N, Davies SW. Symbiosis modulates gene expression of symbionts, but not coral hosts, under thermal challenge. Mol Ecol. 2024 Apr; 33(8):e17318. PMID: 38488669
     
  5. Grupstra CGB, Gómez-Corrales M, Fifer JE, Aichelman HE, Meyer-Kaiser KS, Prada C, Davies SW. Integrating cryptic diversity into coral evolution, symbiosis and conservation. Nat Ecol Evol. 2024 Apr; 8(4):622-636.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38351091
     
  6. Lord KS, Barcala A, Aichelman HE, Kriefall NG, Brown C, Knasin L, Secor R, Tone C, Tsang L, Finnerty JR. Distinct Phenotypes Associated with Mangrove and Lagoon Habitats in Two Widespread Caribbean Corals, Porites astreoides and Porites divaricata. Biol Bull. 2021 Jun; 240(3):169-190. PMID: 34129438
     
  7. Rivera HE, Aichelman HE, Fifer JE, Kriefall NG, Wuitchik DM, Wuitchik SJS, Davies SW. A framework for understanding gene expression plasticity and its influence on stress tolerance. Mol Ecol. 2021 Mar; 30(6):1381-1397. PMID: 33503298
     
  8. Aichelman HE, Barshis DJ. Adaptive divergence, neutral panmixia, and algal symbiont population structure in the temperate coral Astrangia poculata along the Mid-Atlantic United States. PeerJ. 2020; 8:e10201. PMID: 33240603; PMCID: PMC7680023; DOI: 10.7717/peerj.10201;
     
  9. Baumann JH, Ries JB, Rippe JP, Courtney TA, Aichelman HE, Westfield I, Castillo KD. Nearshore coral growth declining on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Glob Chang Biol. 2019 Nov; 25(11):3932-3945. PMID: 31456305
     
  10. Aichelman HE, Zimmerman RC, Barshis DJ. Adaptive signatures in thermal performance of the temperate coral Astrangia poculata. J Exp Biol. 2019 Mar 07; 222(Pt 5). PMID: 30718370
     
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