Current Projects

We have so much cool stuff happening in the lab, it’s hard to keep up! On this page you’ll find information about our current (and past…) research projects!

Click on a link below for more information

Funded Research:

Not-yet Funded Research (Hopefully Soon!)

Anacostia River Microbial Diversity (collaboration with Caroline Solomon, Gallaudet University)

Discovery of novel RNA viruses in marine invertebrate transcriptomes (collaboration with Kevin Kocot, University of Alabama and Ken Halanych, Auburn University)

Agricultural viruses in tile drainage runoff and persistence in natural aquatic reservoirs

Role of environmental microbiology in seagrass-virus interactions (collaboration with Mya Breitbart and Karyna Rosario, USF)

Past Projects

Collaborative Proposal: Selection and Genetic Succession in the Intertidal – Population Genomics of Pisaster ochraceus During a Wasting Disease Outbreak and its Aftermath (NSF-1737127) (co-PIs Mike Dawson, UC Merced, Pete Raimondi, UC Santa Cruz, and John Wares, UGA)

Getting Wasted: Microbial Ecology of Sea Star Wasting Disease (NSF OCE-1537111)

Investigating the role of outer epidermis/cuticle damage in sea star wasting disease (US Geological Survey)

Seasonal Variation and Climate Change Impacts on Finger Lakes Bacterioplankton (Federal Formula Funds)

Building Cornell – University of Queensland Education and Research Collaboration in Tropical Marine Virology (Mario Einaudi Center Cornell)

RAPID: Collaborative Research: Investigation of microbial roles in Pacific Asteroidea wasting disease (NSF OCE-1401727)

EAGER: Discovery of viruses infecting marine Copepoda (NSF OCE-1049670)

EAGER: Exploration of the presence and ecological significance of viral pathogens in the dynamics of Daphnia, a major pelagic grazer (NSF DEB-1028898)

Collaborative Research: Life in the Dead Zone: Microbial respiration, production, diversity and gene expression in seasonally anoxic estuarine waters (NSF OCE-0961894)

Rapid Response Grant: Identification of Putative Pathogens of Sea Star Wasting Disease (Atkinson Center for Sustainable Futures)

Building Cornell – Chile Research Collaborations for Echinoid Virology (Mario Einaudi Center Cornell)

Viruses of Allochthonous Origin in Upstate New York Lakes (Federal Formula Funds)

We are enormously grateful to various funding agencies who support our work:

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