July 29, 2017

In a collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, we show two human pathogens and their complicated relationships in seafood and coastal waters. 

July 25, 2017

In a recent paper published by our lab in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, we outline how clams and oysters, both filter feeders, have different concentrations of human pathogenic Vibrio, even when harvested at the same time and in the same locations.

August 24, 2016


February 23, 2016

The human-pathogenic marine bacteria Vibrio vulnificus and V. parahaemolyticus are strongly correlated with water temperature, with concentrations increasing as waters warm seasonally. Both of these bacteria can be concentrated in filter-feeding shellfish, especia...

February 19, 2016

Compiled and edited by Kevin D. Lafferty and Eileen E. Hofmann


Available at Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B


The theme issue starts by focusing on how diseases impact marine organisms and populations. Guo et al. review how marine diseases interact with...

February 16, 2016

Infectious marine diseases can decimate populations and are increasing among some taxa due to global change and our increasing reliance on marine environments. Marine diseases become emergencies when significant ecological, economic or social impacts occur.We can prepa...

April 1, 2015

Marine diseases can have substantial ecological, economic, and social impacts.  Sadly, there is very limited funding available to identify, monitor, forecast, or mitigate marine diseases.  The Marine Disease Emergency Act (H.R. 5546), reintroduced by Rep. Dennis Heck (...

February 1, 2015


The United States has federal regulations in place to reduce the risk of seafood related infection caused by the estuarine bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus and V. parahaemolyticus.   However, data to support regulation development has been generated in a very few specific...

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