One of the focus areas in the department is freshwater and marine aquatic microbiology. Our faculty conduct research in the realm of fish disease, cyanobacteria, phytoplankton, ocean carbon cycle, virology, air-sea interactions and coral reef ecology. Their work is leading to new insights that can lead to a more sustainable future.
Scientists at the forefront of aquatic microbiology and ecology
Professor and Director of the J.L. Fryer Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory
Our research focuses on the pathogens that affect the health of wild Pacific salmon populations, particularly myxozoan parasites, which have a complex life cycle, requiring both a fish and annelid host.
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Phytoplankton are the single celled plants in aquatic environments that initiate the carbon cycles and the aquatic food web. We study phytoplankton physiology by combining traditional culturing techniques with molecular, biochemical, and comparative measurements to understand the responses in photosynthesis, microbe-microbe interactions and variability in ocean productivity.
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University Distinguished Professor
We study the ecology, evolution, and systems biology of SAR11 marine bacteria, the most abundant microbial group on the planet. We are also home to OSU’s High Throughput Culturing Laboratory which develops new technologies for culturing bacteria. Our field research is focused on the role of SAR11 and other marine bacteria in the ocean carbon cycle.
The Kent Laboratory is focused on two major research areas: diseases of zebrafish in research facilities and impacts of pathogens on wild salmonid fishes. In both areas, we study chronic infectious diseases. Zebrafish make excellent research models but underlying chronic diseases are of concern as they relate to non-protocol induced variation in laboratory fish, as they would with any laboratory animal.
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Associate Professor (Senior Research)
My research focuses on fish parasites. I investigate the structure, development and genetics of problematic myxozoan parasites of salmon and trout. I also discover and describe new parasite species.
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My research focuses on fish parasites and their classification, life cycles, ecology and epidemiology. I seek to understand infection dynamics to inform fisheries management and conservation. I develop pathogen monitoring approaches to mitigate and manage disease in wild and hatchery salmonid fishes. My methods include host susceptibility experiments (field and lab), and molecular assay development for detection of hosts and their parasites.
CEOAS joint appointment
My research focuses on how deep-sea and polar communities function. These areas cover well over 63 percent of the globe, provide a wealth of services to mankind, and yet remain largely unknown and unexplored. While my research ranges from the lab bench to shallow waters to habitats thousands of meters below the ocean surface, the ultimate goal is to increase our understanding of the planet around us.
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Assistant Professor (Senior Research)
I am a fisheries scientist and veterinary pathologist (Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists) who has conducted laboratory research and field epidemiologic studies in fish health, diseases, pathology and toxicology for 30 years.
Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory, 34347 NE Electric Road, Corvallis, OR 97333
We develop and apply high-throughput computational and statistical tools that characterize how microbiomes operate, diversify, and evolve in the context of their hosts. We are particularly interested in understanding how changes in the microbiome can influence vertebrate physiology.
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We study the ecology of microbiomes found in diverse natural environments. Our research uses and develops high throughput approaches to investigate the impacts of microbial physiology on global biogeochemical cycles and the health of animal and plant hosts.
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Emile F. Pernot Distinguished Professor
My lab’s research uses interdisciplinary and high technology approaches to address questions about how viruses and microbes function in and affect the environment. My research provides important insight into a variety of fields including: virology, microbiology, coral reef ecology, animal physiology, and the evolution of symbioses.
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