Coastal Disease Ecology

  • Parasitism in a grass shrimp

    A grass shrimp parasitized with a male and female bopyrid isopod in the gill chamber and trematode metacercaria in its abdomen. Photo Credit: R. DiMaria

  • Drs. Jenny Carney and Katrina Lohan with crew members sampling ballast water

    Drs. Jenny Carney and Katrina Lohan with crew members sampling ballast water to test for the presence of microscopic parasites. Photo Credit: K. Holzer

  • Acanthocephalan parasite from striped bass

    Acanthocephalans, or thorny-headed worms, use their unique heads to burrow through intestine wall of their host. Photo Credit: P. Santos-Ciminera

  • Eastern oyster

    Our lab examines disease dynamics between eastern oysters and Perkinsus marinus, the causative agent of Dermo disease. Photo credit: K. Borst

Principal Investigator

Parasitism refers to a complicated relationship between two organisms, where one benefits and the other is harmed. The Coastal Disease Ecology Laboratory at SERC conducts research at the intersection of disease and parasite ecology, examining multi-parasite and multi-host systems across habitats and geographic regions. We examine patterns of marine parasite diversity, the host and habitat specificity of parasites, the ecology of multi-host systems, and the genomic and genetic population diversity of different species and strains of marine parasites. This research incorporates a wide range of parasite and host phyla, and examines the role of environmental reservoirs in the ecology and epidemiology of marine disease.

More specifically, research in the Coastal Disease Ecology Laboratory examines:researchfocusdiagram_0.jpg

1) Parasite Biogeography: Shifting Baselines

2) How Biodiversity Impacts Disease in Aquatic Systems

3) Impacts of Disease and Parasites on Ecosystem Function

4) One Health in the Coastal Zone





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