Jennifer Salerno

Jennifer Salerno

Jennifer L. Salerno, Assistant Professor (Term)
Ph.D. University of Hawaii, Zoology
M.A. College of William and Mary, Biology

Research Focus: Molecular Microbial Ecology

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Office: DK 3032 and PW-CH 407

Phone: 703-993-4467

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Jennifer Salerno is a marine microbial ecologist interested in microbial-animal associations and the role that microbes play in maintaining and destabilizing organismal and environmental health. She obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii where she studied the biogeography of bacterial communities associated with reef-building corals and how these communities respond to environmental change. Her Masters thesis research focused on the transmission and nutritional contribution of bacterial symbionts in deep-sea bivalves. Her current studies focus on the impacts of hydrocarbons and chemical dispersants on the structure and function of deep-sea coral and shipwreck microbial communities. She is also interested in science communication and the intersection of science and policy. She previously worked on coastal and ocean issues in the U.S. House of Representatives as a NOAA Knauss Legislative Fellow.