Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Ryan Carnegie

Research Associate Professor

Email : [[carnegie]]
Phone : (804) 684-7713
Office : Chesapeake Bay Hall N109
Department : Aquatic Health Sciences
Interests : Marine disease ecology, parasitology, aquaculture
Lab website : {{, Shellfish Pathology Laboratory}}
Curriculum Vitae : {{, Carnegie CV}}

  • BA in Biology from Rutgers University
  • MA in Marine Science from VIMS
  • PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Maine
Research Interests
  • Parasitology and invertebrate pathology; evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions; aquaculture health management; shellfish restoration.
Current Projects
  • Streamlining biosecurity management in the context of regional molluscan shellfish transfers (with Dave Bushek, Bob Rheault, Lisa Calvo, Marcy Nelson, Debbie Bouchard, funded by the NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program)
  • Profiling the microbiome composition of hatchery-reared oyster larvae (with BK Song and Stan Allen, funded by Virginia Sea Grant)
  • Investigation of potential correlation between oyster health and contamination with human pathogenic vibrios (with Corinne Audemard and Kim Reece, funded by Virginia Sea Grant)
  • Evolutionary ecology of parasitic diseases in Crassostrea virginica
  • Phylogenetics and phylogeography of marine parasites
Recent Publications
  • Carnegie, R.B., I. Arzul, and D. Bushek. 2016. Managing Marine Diseases in the Context of Regional and International Commerce: Policy Issues and Emerging Concerns. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371: 20150215 (

  • Groner, M.L., J. Maynard, R. Breyta, R.B. Carnegie, A. Dobson, C.S. Friedman, B. Froelich, M. Garren, F.M.D. Gulland, S.F. Heron, R. Noble, J.D. Shields, C.W. Revie, R. Vanderstichel, E. Weil, S. Wyllie-Echeverria, and C.D. Harvell. 2016. Managing marine disease emergencies in an era of rapid change. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371: 20150364 (

  • Ribeiro, F., E.J. Hilton, and R.B. Carnegie. 2016. High prevalence and potential impacts of crustacean ectoparasites on larval Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) in the Chesapeake Bay. Estuaries and Coasts 39: 583-588 (doi:10.1007/s12237-015-0010-z)

  • Arzul, I., and R.B. Carnegie. 2015. New perspective on the haplosporidian parasites of molluscs. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 131: 32-42 (doi:10.1016/j.jip.2015.07.014)

  • Hill, K.M., J.R. McDowell, N.A. Stokes, K.S. Reece, E.M. Burreson, and R.B. Carnegie. 2015. Phylogeographic perspective on the distribution and dispersal of a marine pathogen, oyster parasite Bonamia exitiosa. Marine Ecology Progress Series 536: 65-76 (doi:10.3354/meps11425)

Current Students and Staff