Elora López is a Ph.D. candidate in Biology at Stanford University, based at the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, CA. 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.
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).