Jihane Benbahtane

STRI Intern


I’m currently enrolled as a graduate student at McGill University in a program that focuses on neotropical ecosystems. My master’s project is centred around herbivory interactions and the effect of overfishing on Caribbean coral reefs. I study how fishing can change the community structure of parrotfish and their life history traits, as well as how these changes in fish community affect reef health in Barbados.

In the O’Dea lab, I will be looking at the historical relative abundance of sea urchins from sediment samples collected in the Pacific coast of Panama. I will be collaborating with Jon Cybulski, a STRI fellow in the lab, to investigate relationships between the community structure of these herbivores and accretion rates of coral reefs.