Jennifer L. Salerno
Term Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Ph.D. University of Hawaii, Zoology
M.A. College of William and Mary, Biology
B.S. Rutgers University, Biology and Marine Science
I’m a term assistant professor and research scientist in the Environmental Science and Policy department at George Mason University. I research symbiotic and free-living microbes in the ocean and the role that these microbes play in maintaining and destabilizing organismal and environmental health. I obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii where I studied the biogeography of bacterial communities associated with reef-building corals and how these communities respond to environmental change. My Masters thesis research focused on the transmission and nutritional contribution of bacterial symbionts in deep-sea bivalves. My current studies focus on the impacts of hydrocarbons and chemical dispersant on the structure and function of deep-sea coral and shipwreck microbial communities. I’m also interested in science communication and the intersection of science and policy. I previously worked on coastal and ocean issues in the U.S. House of Representatives as a NOAA Knauss Legislative Fellow.