MBAC Collaborator Meeting @ PW campus – Nov. 14, 2014

This is a reminder that a monthly MBAC collaborator meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 14 at 2:30pm in Occoquan Building, Room 110L, at the Prince William campus.


Details of the second meeting:

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Salerno, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, GMU

Title: Diversity, distribution, and dynamics of coral reef bacterial communities across the Hawaiian archipelago and wider Pacific

Bio: 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 bacterial communities associated with reef-building corals and how these communities respond to environmental change. She completed a masters degree at the College of William and Mary where her research focused on the transmission and nutritional contribution of bacterial symbionts in deep-sea bivalves. As an undergraduate at Rutgers University, she worked at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences where she examined the biophysiology of symbiotic dinoflagellates in coral reef invertebrates. She is also interested in science communication and the intersection of science and policy. In 2011/12 she worked on coastal and ocean issues in the office of Congresswoman Lois Capps of California as a NOAA Knauss Legislative Fellow. She is very excited to be joining George Mason University as a postdoctoral research associate, where she will be able to pursue these diverse interests.


Upcoming Meetings:

December 12, 2014; 2:30-3:30pm; Occoquan 110L

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: