Dr. Tudge is primarily a reproductive biologist with particular interests in the reproductive biology of invertebrates. His research focuses on the reproductive cells and associated structures, evolutionary mechanisms, and reproductive behaviors of marine decapod crustaceans. He also has experience dealing with other invertebrate and vertebrate groups and his knowledge of reproduction in crustaceans can be directly applied to other taxa. He uses this interest in crustacean reproduction to investigate the evolutionary history (phylogeny) of particular crabs in the marine environment.
Elise grew up near Washington, DC and studied International Affairs at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. Prior to joining the AU Honors staff, she was a Program Manager at an educational non-profit in DC for four years. Elise coordinates the AU Honors program.
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