Shayle Matsuda, Ph.D.

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Shayle Matsuda, Ph.D.

Research Biologist
Aquatic Microbial Ecology

Shayle Matsuda, Ph.D., is an aquatic microbial ecologist in Shedd's Conservation and Research Department. His research focuses on microorganisms' diversity, ecology, and physiology at individual (host-microbe interactions), species, and ecosystem levels. His aim is to enhance the scale and efficiency of conservation and restoration efforts in coral reefs and urban freshwater ecosystems amid climate change. Shayle was a David H. Smith Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow based at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL and co-mentored by Dr. Andrew Baker. Shayle completed his Ph.D. at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa and the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, his MSc in Biology at San Francisco State University and the California Academy of Sciences, and his BA at the University of California Santa Cruz with a double major in Environmental Studies and Women’s Studies. Shayle is an avid science communicator and advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in STEM. He is a member of the Brain Trust for the national Inclusive Science Communication Symposium and serves on the Broadening Participation Committee at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.
Interested in learning more? Tune into his episode “Cnidariology (Coral) with Shayle Matsuda” on the Ologies Podcast:

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