Grace D. Bottum

Sc.B., Marine Science and Biology - Class of 2015

University of Miami

Rosenstiel School Marine and Atmospheric Sciences


I study the acute thermal response, which is defined here as active phenotypic plasticity on an acute time scale. I use performance curves over a time course in order to study the effects of an acute temperature exposure on the escape response in a model species, ​Fundulus heteroclitus. Through high-speed cinematography and R script programming, various components of the escape response can be measured and analyzed. The existence of an acute thermal response provides evidence for an underlying mechanistic phenomenon that would have wide-ranging biochemical, organismal, and ecological effects.