I’m interested in host-pathogen interactions, disease dynamics, environmental determinants of diseases, and eco-immunology. At present, I’m studying diseases in the Caribbean sea fan, Gorgonia ventalina, in Puerto Rico. My 2013 and 2014 field seasons focused on environmental drivers of emerging diseases, including the effects of individual and combined stressors on disease prevalence and immune function.
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My research focuses on the impact of biodiversity, community, and climate on marine infectious disease. I am interested in how host-pathogen interactions are affected by environmental changes, and how these interactions lead to disease emergence. Currently, I study two infectious diseases affecting temperate coastal habitats of the Pacific Northwest: the eelgrass pathogen Labyrinthula zosterae and sea star wasting disease.
I am interested in the shifting dynamics of host-pathogen interactions in a changing ocean, and currently studying factors affecting virulence in the eelgrass wasting disease plant-pathosystem. During the spring semester, I help coordinate a research apprenticeship for undergraduate students on the Big Island, HI and Friday Harbor, WA, where I TA invertebrate biodiversity.
I currently study the influence of the environment and biodiversity on seagrass wasting disease (Labyrinthula zosterae) in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Specifically, I’m exploring how abiotic conditions, potential vectors, microbiomes, and host genetics influence wasting disease dynamics.
To follow my ecologist adventures, check out my Twitter! @o_jgraham