Emily Troyer

Master's Student


Research Interests

Emily's journey in marine biology has not been conventional. She first graduated from The Ohio State University in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Criminology and a minor in Arabic, with the hopes of joining a governmental law enforcement agency. However, after a year of deep consideration and soul searching, Emily decided to return to school and pursue a degree related to her true passion, marine biology. She graduated from OSU for the second time in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Zoology.

For whatever reason, Emily has always loved fish. She has been keeping aquariums since the age of ten and could spend hours upon hours watching them. So, during her last year at Ohio State, she joined Dr. Ian Hamilton's lab and assisted in social learning experiments involving Tanganyikan cichlids Neolamprologus pulcher and Julidochromis ornatus. She also completed some of her own research while at OSU. Emily created an agent-based model using the computer program Netlogo in order to determine how novel information travels in a group.

At KAUST, Emily is currently examining microhabitat association of cryptobenthic reef fish, with a focus on family Gobiidae. She is using both genetic (COI barcoding) and morphological tools to identify these cryptic fish and look at the community differences between different microhabitat types. Find Emily on Twitter @Fish_Fetisher​​