Christine Testerman-Bruels, Ph.D.

Christine Testerman-Bruels

Research Scientist
Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences
(954) 262-3657


Area(s) of Research

My research is focused on population structure, conservation genetics and molecular ecology of globally distributed marine predators.  I have also developed and utilized molecular forensic tools to identify the species and geographic origin of samples in trade.  I intend to continue these lines of study in the future and include other topics such as the effect of introduced species on the genetic diversity of both the native and the introduced species, how speciation occurs in the marine realm, and developing and incorporating genomic tools and information into conservation genetics.  Although these topics are complex as a whole, they can easily be broken down into smaller questions appropriate for new graduate students or to help undergraduate students build upon their classroom learning and become familiar with techniques commonly used in molecular biology

Statement of Teaching Philosophy:  "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin.  In my classes I emphasize building the skills required for critical thinking, application of concepts, and effective written and verbal communication.  In the classroom, I break down complex topics into understandable components and encourage questions and discussion rather than just passive absorption of facts.  In the laboratory setting, I help students learn how to apply techniques and to determine possible experimental routes to answer scientific questions.  I expect that students come prepared for class and to participate in classroom, laboratory and online discussions.  I encourage students to use teamwork to foster their learning experiences in the belief that learning depends upon intellectual exchange.  I approach student assessment with a variety of tools intended to allow them to demonstrate improved mastery of the subject, critical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to new areas.

C. Jacks, C. Powaser, and P. Hackett.  1988. Sequence analysis of a processed gene coding for mouse ribosomal protein L32.  Gene 74 (2): 565-570.

C. Testerman and M. Shivji.  2013.  Comparative Patterns of Global Population Genetic Structure in Four Fisheries Exploited Sharks of Conservation Concern.  Accepted for oral presentation at 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES).

C. Testerman, S. Fitzpatrick, P. Prodöhl, C. Simpfendorfer, and M. Shivji.  2012.  Global Phylogeography and Mating System Analysis of the Great Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna mokarran).  Oral presentation at 2012 Annual AES Meeting.

C. Testerman, J. Brunschweiler, S. Gulak, J. Werry, R. Jabado, C. Jones, and M. Shivji.  2012.  Global Population Genetic Structure and Parentage Analysis of the Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas).  Poster presentation at 2012 Annual AES Meeting.

C. Testerman, S. Wintner, R. McAuley, D. Cartamil, and M. Shivji.  2012.  Global Population Structure and Demographic History of the Smooth Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna zygaena).  Poster presentation at 2012 Annual AES Meeting.

C. Testerman, S. Fitzpatrick, P Prodhöl, D. Chapman, C. Simpfendorfer, and M. Shivji. 2010. Population Structure and Parentage Analysis of the Great Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna mokarran).  Oral presentation at 2010 Sharks International meeting.

C. Testerman, D. Chapman, M. Shivji.  2009. Population Genetic Structure of the Night Shark (Carcharhinus signatus) in the Western Atlantic Assessed Using Nuclear Microsatellite Markers and Mitochondrial Control Region Sequences.  Oral presentation at 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES).

C. Testerman, P. Prodohl, M. Shivji.  2008. Global Phylogeography of the Great (Sphyrna mokarran) and Smooth (Sphyrna zygaena) Hammerhead Sharks.  Oral presentation at 2008 Annual AES Meeting.

C. Testerman, V. Richards, M. Francis, N. Pade, C. Jones, L. Noble, and M. Shivji.  2007.  Global Phylogeography of the Porbeagle Shark (Lamna nasus) Reveals Strong Genetic Separation of the Northern and Southern Hemisphere Populations.  Oral presentation at 2007 Annual AES Meeting.