April is a PhD candidate in the Cordes Lab at Temple University. Her primary interests surround how chemosynthetic ecosystems function and how organisms have adapted to thrive in these seemingly hostile environments. Her research in the Cordes Lab aims to better understand the “sphere of influence” surrounding methane seeps, from highly active areas of hydrocarbon flux to the background environment. She is currently working on the ROCHITS project, focusing on seeps along the Pacific coast of the Costa Rican margin and how they influence trophic dynamics. Before joining the Cordes Lab April lived in the UK, where she completed an MRes in Marine Biology at the Marine Biological Association, and a BSc in Marine Biology at Plymouth University. Her research there focused on investigating the physiological responses of jellyfish ephyra to hypoxic conditions throughout their development.