November 7, 2017 In February, I will begin a new position as a research ecologist with the Prince William Sound Science Center. While this non-profit is based in Cordova, Alaska, I will be working at the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center in Seattle, WA. I couldn't be more thrilled. I've learned a lot at VIMS and am thankful for the opportunity to build a skillset in analyzing fisheries and multistate mark-recapture datasets.
May 28, 2017 I will be giving talks on epizootic shell disease in two conferences in June. The International conference and workshop on lobster biology in Portland, ME, and the ecology and evolution of infectious disease conference in Santa Barbara, CA. I'm excited to share our new findings on the use of multi-state mark-recapture techniques to understand this complex environmental disease.
November 21, 2016 I just came back to VIMS after sharing my research on epizootic shell disease with the New York Marine Resource Advisory Council (MRAC) and students and faculty at the Stonybrook School of marine and atmospheric science (SoMAS). MRAC is composed of researchers and fishermen and it was a great experience to share ideas with the men and women who are observing this disease and watching it affect their livelihoods. Many thanks to New York Sea Grant for the invitation!
January 15, 2016 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B has a special issue on marine diseases. This issue culminates from interactions facilitated by the NSF sponsored research coordination on marine diseases awarded to Drew Harvell. There are a number of great articles on marine disease surveillance, new emerging diseases, disease management, modeling and forecasting epidemics and human health risks from marine diseases. I am proud to have my name next to four of those publications.
November 3, 2015 Headed south! I'm going to be joining the numerous ducks and songbirds that are headed south on the eastern flyway this winter. In January, I'm starting a new postdoctoral position at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. I'll be working with Jeff Shields and John Hoenig to understand the collapse of the lobster fishery in the southern part of its range. We'll be investigating the role of epizootic shell disease in this collapse and identifying environmental drivers of these declines. I'm thrilled to be joining this research group.
November 3, 2015 This past May I organized a workshop on the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles for research in coastal environments. Members of the group Ready to Drone came up to teach 22 excited participants about mission planning, safety, and post-processing the data we collect. Check out this video to learn more about the workshop and potential use of these tools for research.
August 1, 2015 Our research on the impacts of (1) ocean acidification on eelgrass-oyster interactions and (2) eelgrass wasting disease in Prince Edward Island is in the 2015 DFO Review of Canadian Aquaculture R&D
Scaling up: Marine infectious diseases from the molecule to the ecosystem Infectious diseases are key drivers that shape local biodiversity and are becoming increasingly important as anthropogenic change exacerbates disease processes. Despite this, parasites and pathogens are commonly overlooked or under-appreciated as drivers of ecology and biodiversity in many ecosystems. The establishment, severity, and outcome of disease are governed by numerous interactions within the host-pathogen-environment paradigm. A shift in these factors can lead to or away from a diseased state, and disease emergence is modulated by this interplay.
The factors that impact disease outbreaks and severity occur across many scales of magnitude, from viruses-antigen interactions, to trait- and density-mediated responses of hosts to pathogens, to regional and global environmental oscillations. Understanding how processes interact across these scales to alter epidemiological patterns is an important challenge, for which numerous new multidisciplinary fields are emerging, including molecular epidemiology, eco-immunology, and ‘big data’ approaches. In this session, we invite contributions that investigate marine diseases across scales. Student participation is highly encouraged.
I am co-chairing this session with Jamie Sziklay, Ana Garcia-Vedrenne and Colleen Burge. We would love to have you present!
July 9, 2015 Drew Harvell and I have a blog in the Hill about the economic, ecologic and social impacts of marine diseases and the importance of funding research on this topic.