August 12, 2017

The Holiday 2016 issue of Coastwatch, published by NC SeaGrant includes an article in which the project examining the differences between wild and farmed oysters is featured.  The entire article can be accessed here and subscriptions to Coastwatch can be obtained here....

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


April 27, 2016

I had the opportunity to discuss research our research project, headed by Dr. Rachel Noble, with members of the NC General Assembly and General Administration.  During the talk, I shucked an oyster on stage and ate it in front of everyone.  Trying to get the point acro...

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...

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...

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