Lab Members

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Dr. Leila J. Hamdan
Associate Professor
Division of Coastal Sciences
School of Ocean Science and Technology
University of Southern Mississippi
leila.hamdan@usm.edu

Dr. Hamdan is a molecular microbial ecologist and her studies focus on geomicrobiology and the impact of changing environmental conditions on the structure and function of marine and estuarine communities. Her current studies center on microbial biogeography on continental margins and the impacts of hydrocarbons and chemical dispersants on communities found on artificial reefs (shipwrecks) in the deep biosphere of the Gulf of Mexico.  Her work also addresses the microbiology of marine methane seeps and the role of microorganisms in the development of anoxia in the Chesapeake Bay. Prior to joining the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Hamdan was an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Science and Policy Department at George Mason University, a Research Microbiologist in the Marine Biogeochemistry Section at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, and a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate.

Research Staff

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Dr. Jennifer L. Salerno
Term Assistant Professor
Environmental Science and Policy Department, GMU
jsalerno@gmu.edu
jensalerno.wordpress.com
703-993-4467

Dr. 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. Since joining the lab, she has taken on a central role in the study of shipwreck associated microbial biofilms as part of the GOM-SCHEMA project.

 

Students

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Rachel Mugge
Masters Student
Division of Coastal Sciences
rachel.mugge@usm.edu

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Beth Haley
Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry & Department of Biology B.S.
Concentration in Microbiology
rhaley3@gmu.edu

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Matthew Johnson 
Department: Environmental Science and Policy B.S.
Concentration in Ecological Science
mjohns36@maosnlive.gmu.edu

Former Lab Members

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Fernanda Craig (Febes)
Lab Manager/Research Assistant
Environmental Science B.S. 2015 – George Mason University
Concentration in Marine, Estuarine and Freshwater ecology
fcraig@masonlive.gmu.edu

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Zeima Kassahun
Mississippi State University

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Christine Figan
National Institutes of Health

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Sarah Brown
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Avani Casey
University of Virginia

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