Nicole Pittoors is a third year Ph.D. student in Biology at Lehigh University. Advised by Dr. Santiago Herrera, her research involves using metabarcoding to describe the biodiversity and connectivity of mesophotic coral communities and other deep-sea ecosystems. She is broadly interested in larval ecology and reproductive biology of mesophotic and deep-sea invertebrates. Before Lehigh, Nicole completed a B.Sc. in Ecology at Northern Michigan University, with a minor in mathematics. On this cruise, she will be involved in efforts to understand how the ecological traits of corals may contribute to their production of reactive oxygen species (ROS).