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Darrell Jay Grimes, Ph.D.
Current and Recent Graduate Students
- Amy Salamone, M.S. student, Amy conducted a project that looked at the biodiversity of bacterial and fungal biofilms on artificial reefs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. She received her M.S. in 2012 and is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.
- Allison Walker, Ph.D. student,is studying marine fungi of U.S. Gulf of Mexico barrier island beaches, with a focus on biodiversity, succession and sampling strategy. She received her Ph. D. in 2012 and is now a postdoctoral scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.
- Nicholas F. Noriea III, Ph.D., 2012.Nick conducted a project that examined genetic variation in potentially virulent Vibrio parahaemolyticus from the northern Gulf of Mexico. He is now finishing a postdoctoral fellowship at the NIH/NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, MT.
- Kimberly Griffitt, M.S., 2012. Focused on improved detection methods for selected Vibrio species in seawater. She is now a molecular technician at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS.
- Tracy R. Berutti, M.S, graduated in December 2013, now a research assistant at Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
- Rachelle Williams, M.S. Isolated bacteria associated with bottlenose dophin blood and tissue samples. Her samples came from Barrataria Bay, LA and Sarasota Bay, FL and were collected by NOAA scientists. She graduated in May 2014.
- Corey D. Russo, Ph.D. student, B.S., Biological Sciences/Environmental Science, Minor in Religion California Lutheran University, started in 2011. Corey is working on the isolation and epidemiology of dolphin Morbillivirus in bottlenose dolphins. For most of AY 2012 he conducted this work as an intern at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, MD. He is now finishing in anticipation of December, 2016 graduation and is looking for a postdoc.
- Shuo Shen, Ph.D. student, B.S. Biological Science, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, started in 2012. He is conducting a project on the molecular detection of Photobacterium damselae subspp. damselae in marine fish and bottlenose dolphins.
- Yimo "Gabrielle" Yang, M.S. student, B.S. in Ecology, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, started in 2014. She is using both culture based and molecular techniques (micro-biomics) to study the bacteria associated with selected elasmobranchs.
- Kaitlin Doucette began her M.S. program in 2014 under the mentorship of Dr. Andy Evans. When Dr. Evans left USM in 2016, I became her major professor. Kaitlinis on track to graduate in December 2016.