Marine Disease Ecology

  • Kristina Hill-Spanik and Dr. Katrina Lohan are removing oysters from rocks at Punta Chame.

    At Punta Chame in Panama, Kristina Hill-Spanik and Dr. Katrina Lohan are removing oysters from rocks so they can be tested for parasites. Photo Credit: C. Schlöder

  • A sediment sample collected from the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal

    A sediment sample collected from the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal. Researchers are testing these and other environmental samples for parasites. Photo Credit: C. Schlöder

  • 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

  • Urastoma cyprinae found in an oyster from Panama

    The parasite Urastoma cyprinae found in an oyster from Panama. Photo Credit: K. Lohan

Principal Investigator

The Marine Disease Ecology Laboratory at SERC takes a holistic approach to disease and parasite ecology, examining multi-parasite and multi-host systems across habitats and geographic regions. 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 Marine Disease Ecology Laboratory examines:

(1) the effects of host specificity and biodiversity on disease,

(2) the spatial, temporal, and taxonomic patterns of parasite diversity,

(3) the functional genomics of disease, and

(4) anthropogenic influences on parasite dispersal and invasion.

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