Faculty in the Animal Health area have unique, diverse, and complementary research expertise. Their research addresses the ecology, evolution, and pathobiology of infectious diseases associated with eukaryotic, prokaryotic and viral pathogens, as well as non-infectious diseases associated with pollutants and natural toxins from harmful algal species. Much of their research focuses on commercially important host species such as oysters, blue crabs and striped bass, but they also use model organisms to understand general disease processes in wildlife and humans.
Dr. Ryan Carnegie: pathology and parasitology of molluscs like oysters and clams, with management of shellfish health in aquaculture and the wild a core focus.
Dr. Kimberly Reece: molecular ecology and genetic studies of aquaculture species, harmful algal blooms and aquatic pathogens.
Dr. Jeffrey Shields: epidemiology, etiology, ecology and pathology of diseases affecting crustaceans, in particular crabs and lobsters.
Dr. Wolfgang Vogelbein: pathobiology of pollution/disease associations in fishes, pathogenesis of heterotrophic dinoflagellates and epizootic of mycobacteriosis in striped bass.
Dr. Andrew Wargo: evolutionary and ecological approaches to improving disease management.