Lynn Bonomo

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Lynn Bonomo

MS Student, San Francisco State University

My name is Lynn Bonomo and I am a second year Master’s student in the Gosliner Slug Lab at CAS. I am currently attending San Francisco State University while pursuing a M.S. in Marine Biology. Previously, I attended George Mason University for a BS in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Conservation and Colorado State University for a BM in Music Performance on bassoon. Drastically different, I know! I enjoy SCUBA diving and snorkeling, music, books, and have adopted all of the lab cohorts pets as my nieces and nephews (looking at Fred, Rufous, Milo, and Soba)!

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A red-reticulate: Goniobranchus sp. Photo Credit: Dr. Allison Fritts-Pennimam

My current research project is looking at the biodiversity of the Indo-Pacific nudibranch genus, Goniobranchus. I am making a molecular phylogeny based on three genes (H3, CO1, and 16s) for the genus and will be comparing morphology of these nudibranchs to determine how many species there are. I am looking specifically at three subgroups of Goniobranchus: the red-reticulate species complex, the lifters, and the flappers.

For more information on my master’s thesis click here: 50 Shades of Red

An adorable Bumblebee!

In undergraduate work at GMU, I researched the fungal gut pathogen (Nosema) in bumble bees (Bombus) within the lab of Dr. Rebecca Forkner. I looked at populations of bumble bees in Northern Virginia and assessed pollen diversity and infection rates of those populations on a year-long study. I also pursued as many marine classes as I could in order to prepare for graduate school in marine biology since that is where my interests lie. I also spent a semester studying tropical ecology with a week spent in Costa Rica. I had a lot of fun hiking around and seeing all the different organisms there, including kinkajous sleeping in a tree (picture below).


Bonomo, LJ and TM Gosliner. 2020. Adding stars to the Chromodoris (Nudibranchia, Chromodorididae) galaxy with the description of four new species. Zootaxa, 4819(3): 401-435.

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Sunset in Costa Rica
Kinkajous sleeping in a tree!