Andrea Jerabek

Research Associate: Coastal Ecology

Andrea Jerabek is a Research Associate in the Coastal Ecology program at The Water Institute of the Gulf.

Prior to joining the Institute, Andrea received her Master of Science in marine biology from Northeastern University’s Three Seas Program, a comprehensive marine science graduate program. Through which, she was able to further her education and conduct research at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Bocas del Toro Panama, and Friday Harbor Laboratories in Friday Harbor, Washington.

As a requirement for her degree, Andrea also conducted an internship in the Fish Ecology lab at the University of South Florida. While at USF, she conducted two capstone research projects where she developed a method for extended herbivore exclusion experiments in the Gulf of Mexico and analyzed lionfish distributions in long-term study sites in Biscayne National Park.

Andrea earned her undergraduate from the State University of New York at Geneseo where she majored in biology and minored in studio art. During her time at S.U.N.Y. Geneseo, she worked as a research assistant for two years in an Invertebrate Biology laboratory where she studied the Bahamas Sea Star (Oreaster reticulates) larvae and its symbiotic relationship with the cyanobacteria Synechococcus.