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 11, 2016

I'm looking forward to sharing some new insights at the Vibrio conference in March.  I’m scheduled to speak on March 30th, at 1:55 to 2:10pm, during the ecology and evolution session.  The title of the talk is “Differences in Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemo...

February 10, 2016

We are beginning an exciting project.   A lot of the focus of our recent research has been on Vibrio spp. in wild oysters.  We will now begin comparing this data to that collected from professional and amateur farmed oysters in North Carolina.  This includes “backyard...

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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