About Keilana

Hafa Adai! I was born on Guam, a small island near the Marianas Trench and, ever since I can remember, I have always been fascinated with marine life. My fascination in marine life led me to pursue a career in research in marine biology. I earned two BSc degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Fisheries with a Geology minor from Texas A&M University at Galveston.
Currently, I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Marine Biology at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. My research interests involve exploring the cryptic diversity of marine macroalgae, investigating the physiological adaptions of marine macroalgae in response to environmental stressors and anthropogenic influence and understanding the connectivity between marine plants and their microbial communities. In the Daru lab, my current research project focuses on exploring the phylogenetic relationship and biogeography of the aquatic plant clade Alismatales – the water plantains. I plan to also further my research by setting up conservation priorities to safeguard Alismatales species for the future of global change.