Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education
Department of Oceanography
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
I study the microbial ecology of infectious disease and symbiosis. My goal is to understand the impact of microbes on their hosts, the processes underlying those impacts, and the factors that shape symbiotic microbial communities in the first place. I use field surveys to find out how symbiotic communities are associated with host states – such as disease resistance – and experiments to determine causality. I strive to identify the mechanisms underlying host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions.
I integrate experience in community ecology and molecular microbiology to connect these sub-fields of biology. This perspective can facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration and combine synergistically with the research objectives of other investigators in C-MAIKI.
IMPACT TO HAWAII
I choose study systems that have the potential to benefit biological conservation, focusing largely on the impacts of pathogenic and symbiotic microbes on threatened and endangered animal species.