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Elora H. López

Elora H. López

Ph.D. Student in Biology, admitted Autumn 2015


Elora López is a Ph.D. candidate in Biology at Stanford University. She uses genomics to address questions about the ecology, evolution, and conservation of marine life. Her research spans a wide range of topics, including coral bleaching recovery in American Samoa, somatic mutations in very long-lived organisms, and the effects of nuclear radiation on wildlife at Bikini Atoll, a former nuclear testing site in the Marshall Islands. López's first research expedition to Bikini Atoll was featured on the PBS documentary series Big Pacific in June 2017. Her research projects have also been featured in USA Today, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and Hakai Magazine. López is a National Geographic Early Career Explorer, an Explorers Club Rolex Explorer, a Stanford Graduate Fellow in Science & Engineering, and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow.

Academic Appointments

Ph.D. Student in Biology, admitted Autumn 2015


Lopez, E. H., & Palumbi, S. R. (2019). Somatic mutations and genome stability maintenance in clonal coral colonies. Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Thomas, L., Lopez, E. H., Morikawa, M. K., & Palumbi, S. R. (2019). Transcriptomic resilience, symbiont shuffling, and vulnerability to recurrent bleaching in reef-building corals. Molecular Ecology.

Thomas, L., Rose, N. H., Bay, R. A., López, E. H., Morikawa, M. K., Ruiz-Jones, L., & Palumbi, S. R. (2018). Mechanisms of Thermal Tolerance in Reef-Building Corals across a Fine-Grained Environmental Mosaic: Lessons from Ofu, American Samoa. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4(434).

López, E. H., Eastwood, E., Drew, J., Mangubhai, S., Lalavanua, W., & Purcell, S. (2017). Genetic connectivity among populations of lollyfish (Holothuria atra). (S. Mangubhai, W. Lalavanua, & S. Purcell, Eds.)Fiji’s Sea Cucumber Fishery: Advances in Science for Improved Management. (pp. 62–70). Wildlife Conservation Society.

Eastwood, E. K., Lopez, E. H., & Drew, J. A. (2016). Population Connectivity Measures of Fishery-Targeted Coral Reef Species to Inform Marine Reserve Network Design in Fiji. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 6.

Drew, J., López, E. H., Gill, L., McKeon, M., Miller, N., Steinberg, M., … McClenachan, L. (2016). Collateral damage to marine and terrestrial ecosystems from Yankee whaling in the 19th century. Ecology and Evolution, 06(22).