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Jennifer L. Salerno
George Mason University
10900 University Boulevard, Manassas, VA 20110
Colgan Hall, Room 407
703-993-4467 • jsalerno@gmu.edu • jensalerno.com

EDUCATION

2013

Ph.D., Zoology/Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology
Specialization, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
Dissertation: Diversity, distribution, and dynamics of coral reef bacterial
communities across the Hawaiian archipelago and wider Pacific
Co-Advisors: Charles Birkeland, Ph.D. and Michael S. Rappé, Ph.D.

2003

M.A., Biology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Thesis: Transmission and nutritional contribution of dual bacterial symbionts in deep-sea mussels
Advisor: Cindy L. Van Dover, Ph.D.

2001

B.S., Biology and Marine Sciences (double major), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Honors Thesis: The role of the xanthophyll cycle in photo-protection of zooxanthellae
Advisor: Paul G. Falkowski, Ph.D.

1999

University of Queensland, Duchesne College, Brisbane, Australia
Semester abroad

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016 –

Assistant Professor (Term), Environmental Science and Policy Department, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

2014 – 2016

Postdoctoral Research Associate, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Advisor: Leila Hamdan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Policy Department
Supported field and laboratory research on a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management-funded project to determine if exposure to oil and/or dispersant affects the population structure, metabolic activity, and biodiversity of microbial communities colonizing metal- and wooden-hulled shipwrecks and deep-sea corals in the northern Gulf of Mexico

2011 – 2012

NOAA Sea Grant Legislative Fellow, Office of Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23), U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
Advised the Congresswoman on ocean, coastal, and environmental policy issues and funding priorities; drafted national legislation; wrote speeches, official statements, and letters; served as a liaison between the Congresswoman and constituents; supported her role as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Co-Chair of the National Marine Sanctuary Caucus; analyzed, amended, and directed the reintroduction of the National Sustainable Offshore Aquaculture Act of 2011 and the Oceans and Human Health Act of 2011

2011

United States Delegate, 63rd International Whaling Commission (IWC) Annual Meeting, Jersey, UK
Represented the United States at the IWC as part of the U.S. Delegation; assisted the U.S. Commissioner and team members by researching and writing official statements to address outstanding whaling issues

2010 – 2011

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
Supervisor: Malia Rivera, Ph.D., Education Program Leader, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology
Taught a Windward Community College course on HIMB research in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands; designed and coordinated outreach activities for public and community events at schools and Waikiki aquarium

2004 – 2010

Graduate Research Assistant, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
Co-advisors: Charles Birkeland, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Zoology and Michael Rappé, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology
Developed and optimized protocols for using high-throughput molecular techniques and multivariate statistical analyses to assess bacterial communities associated with healthy and diseased corals; planned and organized extensive field sampling excursions in remote locations and aboard research vessels; responsible for state and federal permit application and reporting    

2004

Research Assistant, Sea Turtle Conservancy, Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Field Coordinator/Supervisor: Emma Harrison, Ph.D.
Participated in nightly sea turtle nesting surveys; counted eggs laid, measured and tagged turtles, collected DNA tissue samples, marked and monitored nests for poaching and hatchling survival

2003 – 2004     

Research Assistant, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, Gloucester Point, VA
Supervisor: Hugh Ducklow, Ph.D., Professor of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Constructed laboratory protocol for analysis of total dissolved inorganic carbon in Antarctic seawater; conducted research on phytoplankton and bacterial productivity at the NSF Palmer Long Term Ecosystem Research site along the Western Antarctic Peninsula

2002

Visiting Graduate Student, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Microscopy research collaboration with Monika Bright, Ph.D., Department of Marine Biology

2001 – 2003

Graduate Research Assistant, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Advisor: Cindy Lee Van Dover, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biology Department
Investigated the transmission and nutritional contribution of dual bacterial endosymbionts to deep-sea mussels during early development using transmission electron microscopy and stable isotope analyses

2000 – 2001     

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJAdvisor: Paul Falkowski, Ph.D., Professor II, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Completed an independent research project investigating photo protective pigments in symbiotic zooxanthellae using a fast-repetition rate fluorometer and high performance liquid chromatography

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I Laboratory

2016

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Environmental Microbiology Essentials (undergraduate level course)

Environmental Microbiology Essentials Laboratory

 George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Guest Lecturer for Microbial Ecology graduate level course

“Introduction to bioinformatics for microbiologists”

2014           

Tiller School, Beaufort, NC

Designed and presented a lesson plan to 36 kindergarteners on sources of marine debris and how to prevent trash from entering the ocean; Conducted hands-on activities, including making fish out of plastic water bottles

2013           

Heroes Elementary School, Camp Lejeune, NC

Designed and presented a lesson plan to 2nd grade class on sources of marine debris and how to prevent trash from entering the ocean; Conducted hands-on activities, including making fish out of plastic water bottles

2011           

University of Hawaiʻi, SOEST, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, Kane’ohe, HI

Taught a Windward Community College Continuing Education course which introduced students to research being conducted by scientists in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands through hands on laboratory activities

2010           

Manteo High School, Manteo, NC

Presented a lecture on food webs at hydrothermal vents and coral reefs to 9th grade honors earth science students

Mililani Mauka Elementary School/UH Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Program, Mililani, HI

Marine biologist for 2nd grade Reef Walk field trip to Makaha Beach to learn about intertidal ecology

2009           

University of Hawaiʻi Laboratory School/UH NSF IGERT Program, Honolulu, HI

Marine biologist for 3rd grade field trip to Sandy Beach to identify intertidal marine invertebrates

Mililani Mauka Elementary School/UH Sea Grant Program, Mililani, HI

Marine biologist for 2nd grade Reef Walk field trip to Makaha Beach to learn about intertidal ecology

2008           

University of Hawaiʻi, SOEST, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, Kane’ohe, HI

Bacteria and Coral Health: It’s the little things that matter. Lecture and laboratory activity for a Windward Community College Course 

University of Hawaiʻi, SOEST, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, Kane’ohe, HI

Helped Castle High School special needs students identify marine invertebrates in Kane’ohe Bay

2006           

University of Hawaiʻi, SOEST, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, Kane’ohe, HI

Lectured to visiting students from the Kamehameha Summer Science Institute in Molecular and Cell Biology

University of Hawaiʻi Laboratory High School, Honolulu, HI

Assisted high school juniors and seniors with their end-of-year power point presentations on human body systems

2004           

The Tortuguero School, Tortuguero Costa Rica

Educated local school children (4th – 6th grade and high school levels) about the importance of sea turtle conservation; organized weekly community beach clean-ups

2002

Teaching Assistant, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Assistant-taught an undergraduate-level Invertebrate Zoology course; helped students assimilate course material and supervised them during laboratory sessions, aided students in writing lab reports, responsible for invertebrate specimen collections and laboratory set-up

 2001           

Teaching Assistant, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Taught two sections of an undergraduate-level Introductory Biology Laboratory course; responsible for grading Introductory Biology exams, laboratory set-up, and teaching general laboratory methods used in biology

 

STUDENT MENTORSHIP

Graduate students: Caitlin Blackwell (M.S. thesis committee member, George Mason University), 2014-2017; Undergraduate students: Bethy Haley (George Mason University), 2016-present; Matthew Johnson (George Mason University), 2015-2016; Chancy Chapman (George Mason University), 2014-2016; Christine Figan (George Mason University), 2014-2015; Zeima Kassahun (George Mason University), 2014-2015; Ale‘alani Chelsea Dudoit (University of Hawaii), 2006-2009; Elizabeth Hambleton (Williams College), 2005-2007; Hollie Putnam (University of Wisconsin – Superior), Summer 2005

FIELD EXPERIENCE

R/V Hi‘ialakai, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Cruises (4-5 weeks duration) to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (June 2008, September 2007, May 2006, September 2005, May 2005); collected coral and seawater samples for microbial diversity, population genetics, and zooxanthellae diversity studies; helped establish permanent transects for long-term monitoring of coral health and disease

Field Station, Tutuila and Ofu islands, American Samoa

Sampled corals for bacterial community analysis around Tutuila and Ofu islands (May 2006)

R/V L.M. Gould, United States Antarctic Program, National Science Foundation

5-week cruise along the Western Antarctic Peninsula (January 2004 – February 2004); collected and analyzed seawater samples for bacterial productivity, bacterial abundance, dissolved oxygen, dissolved inorganic carbon, particulate organic carbon, and dissolved organic nitrogen

R/V Delaware II, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

11-day cruise to Bear Seamount located off the New England coast (May 2003); assisted with pelagic and benthic trawls around the seamount; determined species abundances of deep-sea fishes and invertebrates to assess the biodiversity of Bear Seamount

R/V Atlantis, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution                              

Research assistant on cruises to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge hydrothermal vents (July-August 2001), the Blake Ridge cold seep (September 2001), and the Eastern Pacific Rise (December-January 2001); maintained sampling equipment, preserved biological samples, assisted in CTD casts; dove in the DSV Alvin at the Logatchev vent field on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and at 11ºN on the Eastern Pacific Rise

Point Sur Research Vessel, Moss Landing Marine Laboratory                                        

12-day cruise out of Monterey Bay, CA (July 2000); aided with CTD profiles and transects in upwelling zones along the mid- to southern California coast; responsible for seawater sampling and chl a analysis

Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, Bivalve, NJ

Two-week intensive Aquaculture course (January 2000); hands-on laboratories involving spawning and culture of fish and invertebrate larvae and the incidence and intensity of shellfish diseases in the Delaware Bay

 Heron Island Research Station, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Two-week intensive Coral Reef Ecology field course (September 1999); completed two research projects (1 – The role of phototaxis in ascidian larvae, Herdmania curvata; 2 – Microhabitat preferences in Damselfishes)

 

GRANTS, HONORS, AWARDS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

2015    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); Co-Principal Investigator – $500,000 in seed funds for high throughput culturing and characterization of soil microorganisms; my portion ($73,000)

2015            Gordon Research Conference Travel Fund Award ($900)

2010            NOAA Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship ($46,000)

2009            ARCS Foundation, Maybelle Roth Scholarship in Conservation Biology ($5,000)

2008            HIMB/NOAA-NWHICRER Partnership Travel Award ($1,400)

2008            Graduate Student Organization Travel Award, University of Hawai‘i ($700)

2008            Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Travel Award ($1,200)

2007            Seaspace Scholarship Award ($3,000)

2006            Charles H. and Margaret B. Edmondson Research Fund ($800)

2005-2010  Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology and NOAA-Northwestern Hawaiian Island

Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Partnership, Research Assistantship ($117,480)

2003            NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Recipient

2003            Graduate Student Association Conference Fund Award, College of William

and Mary

2002            Graduate Student Association Conference Fund Award, College of William

and Mary

2002-2003   Minor Research Grant, College of William and Mary

2002             Student Activities Conference Fund, College of William and Mary

2001-2002   Minor Research Grant, College of William and Mary

2001             Outstanding Senior in Marine and Coastal Sciences Award, Rutgers

University

2000-2001   George H. Cook Honors Scholar, Cook College, Rutgers University

2000-2001  Member, Golden Key National Honors Society, Rutgers University

2000            Samuel W. and Berta Thomson Brown Memorial Scholarship

2000            Research Experiences for Undergraduates Fellowship, Rutgers University

1999            Rutgers University Study Abroad Brigpin Scholarship Award

1999            Charon and Mark Hershhorn Study Abroad Scholarship

1998-2001   Member, Alpha Zeta, National Honors and Service Co-educational Fraternity

1997-2001   Rutgers University Outstanding Scholars Award

 

PUBLICATIONS IN SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS

Salerno, J.L., Bowen, B.W., and M.S. Rappé. Biogeography of planktonic and coral-associated microorganisms across the Hawaiian Archipelago. 2016. FEMS Microbial Ecology 92(8): pii: fiww109. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw109

Salerno, J.L., D.R. Reineman, R.D. Gates, and M.S. Rappé. 2011. The effect of a sub lethal temperature elevation on the structure of bacterial communities associated with the coral Porites Compressa. Journal of Marine Biology Article ID 969173, 9 pages, doi: 10.1155/2011/969173.

Salerno, J.L., S.A. Macko, S.J. Hallam, M. Bright, Y.J. Won, Z. McKiness, C.L. Van Dover. 2005. Characterization of symbiont populations in life-history stages of mussels from chemosynthetic environments. Biological Bulletin 208(2):145-155.

Van Dover, C.L., P. Aharon, J.M. Bernhard, E. Caylor, M. Doerries, W. Flickinger, W. Gilhooly, S.K. Goffredi, K.E. Knick, S.A. Macko, S. Rapoport, E.C. Raulfs, C. Ruppel, J.L. Salerno, R.D. Seitz, B.K. Sen Gupta, T. Shank, M. Turnipseed, R. Vrijenhoek, E. 2003. Blake Ridge methane seeps: characterization of a soft-sediment, chemosynthetically based ecosystem. Deep-Sea Research I 50(2): 281-300.

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION

Salerno, J.L., Little, B., Lee, J., and Hamdan, L.J. Impacts of crude oil and chemical dispersant exposure on marine microbial biofilm formation and steel corrosion. In review

 Salerno, J.L., Hambleton, E.A., and M.S. Rappé. Nucleic acid extraction techniques affect resultant coral-associated bacterial community profiles. In prep. for submission to Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Salerno, J.L., Birkeland, C., and M.S. Rappé. Dynamics of coral-associated bacterial communities on sediment-impacted southern reefs of Moloka‘i, Hawai‘i. In prep. for submission to Coral Reefs

Salerno, J.L. and Hamdan, L.J. Characterization of Lophelia pertusa coral microbiomes at shipwreck sites in the Gulf of Mexico. In prep. for submission to Coral Reefs

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Salerno, J.L. and M. S. Rappé. It’s a small world: Exploring the diversity of bacteria associated with reef-building corals across the Hawaiian Archipelago. Duke University Marine Laboratory/NOAA NCCOS Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, Beaufort, North Carolina, 3 May 2010.

Salerno, J.L. Bacteria and coral health: It’s the little things that matter. Presented to an undergraduate Marine Biology class at Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, 3 February 2010.

Salerno, J.L. and M. S. Rappé. Developing a high-throughput method to explore the diversity of bacteria associated with corals in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Presented at the Hawai‘i Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, 7 January 2010.

Salerno, J.L. and M.S. Rappé. Microbes in the Monument: Using bacterial community assessments to monitor coral health. Presented at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, 28-30 July 2009.

Salerno, J.L. Bacteria and Coral Health: It’s the little things that matter. Lecture and laboratory activity for Windward Community College Course, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology,14 October, 2008.

Salerno, J.L. and M. S. Rappé. Assessing the biogeographical distribution of bacterial communities associated with reef water and corals of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and greater Pacific Basin. Presented at the Hawaii Conservation Conference, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, 29-31 July 2008.

Salerno, J.L. What determines the health of coral reefs? Presented at the Hanauma Bay Marine Park education and outreach program, Honolulu, Hawaii, 31 July 2008.

 

DEPARTMENTAL PRESENTATIONS

Salerno, J.L., Little, B., Lee, J., Ray, R., and Hamdan, L.J. Shipwreck-eating microbes: the effects of crude oil and dispersant on the biodiversity and corrosion potential of microbial biofilms. George Mason University, Department of Environmental Science and Policy Lightning Talks, December 4, 2015.

Hamdan, L.J., Salerno, J.L., McGown, C., Figan, C., Kassahun, Z., Blackwell, C., Gillevet, P., Horrell, C., and Damour, M. Comparative genomic analysis of oil spill impacts on deepwater shipwreck microbiomes in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Poster presentation, George Mason University 2015 Multidisciplinary Research Symposium, Fairfax, Virginia, 27 April 2015.

Salerno, J.L. Diversity, distribution, and dynamics of coral reef bacterial communities across the Hawaiian archipelago and wider Pacific. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 9 April 2015.

Salerno, J.L. Diversity, distribution, and dynamics of coral reef bacterial communities across the Hawaiian archipelago and wider Pacific. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 14 November 2014.

 

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION AND PRESENTATIONS

* denotes presenter other than J.L. Salerno

Town Hall organizer: From coral reefs to Capitol Hill: Building bridges between scientists and policy makers for effective coral ecosystem management and conservation. The 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 19-24, 2016.

Salerno, J.L. From the ivory tower to the halls of Congress: How scientific information is sourced and used in the legislative process. Oral presentation at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 19-24, 2016.

Session co-chair: Mesophotic and deep-sea coral ecosystems: A tribute to the pioneering efforts of Dr. John Rooney. The 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 19-24, 2016.

Session co-organizer: Aquatic science: Informing policy, management, and the public. ASLO Aquatic Sciences Summer Meeting Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 5-10, 2016.

*Damour, M., Hamdan, L.J., Salerno, J.L., Church, R., and Warren, D. Gulf of Mexico Shipwreck corrosion, hydrocarbon exposure, microbiology, and archaeology (GOM-SCHEMA) project: Did the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill impact historic shipwrecks? Poster presented at the Society for American Archaeology conference, Orlando, Florida, April 6-10, 2016.

Salerno, J.L., Little, B., Lee, J., Ray, R., and Hamdan, L.J. Conserving archaeological sites as biological and historical resources in the Gulf of Mexico: the effects of crude oil and dispersant on the biodiversity and corrosion potential of shipwreck bacterial biofilms. Oral presentation at the ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-26, 2016.

*Hamdan, L.J., Salerno, J.L., Blackwell, C., Little, B., McGown, C., Fitzgerald, L., Damour, M. Microbial stowaways: Addressing oil spill impacts and the artificial reef effect on deep-sea microbiomes. Poster presentation at the ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-26, 2016.

*Damour, M., Historic shipwrecks as ecosystem monitoring platforms in the wake of deepwater horizon? Results of the Gulf of Mexico shipwreck corrosion, hydrocarbon exposure, microbiology, and archaeology (GOM-SCHEMA) Project. Poster presentation at the ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-26, 2016.

Hamdan, L.J., Salerno, J.L., Church, R.L., Warren, D.A., Fitzgerald, L.A., *Damour, M. Shipwrecks of opportunity: Monitoring oil spill impacts on deep reef ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, Tampa, Florida, February 1-2, 2016.

Salerno, J.L., Little, B., Lee, J., Ray, R., and Hamdan, L.J. Effects of crude oil and dispersant on microbially-mediated shipwreck corrosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Oral presentation at the 23rd biennial Coastal and Estuarine Research Foundation (CERF) Conference, Portland, Oregon, November 8-12, 2015.

*Hamdan, L.J., Salerno, J.L., Blackwell, C., Fitzgerald, L. and Damour, M. Oil spill impacts on artificial reefs: Implications for archaeology, microbial ecology, and benthic ecosystem monitoring. Oral presentation at the 23rd biennial Coastal and Estuarine Research Foundation (CERF) Conference, Portland, Oregon, November 8-12, 2015.

*Blackwell, C., Salerno, J.L., and Hamdan L.J. A comparison of community composition and metabolic diversity of aqueous, sediment, and Lophelia pertusa microbiomes. Poster presentation at the 23rd biennial Coastal and Estuarine Research Foundation (CERF) Conference, Portland, Oregon, November 8-12, 2015.

Participant, Promoting Sustainable Usage of the Oceans – Security, Collaboration, and Development Conference, hosted by The Foreign Policy Institute and The Maritime Alliance, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, October 19, 2015.

Salerno, J.L., Blackwell, K., and Hamdan, L.J.H. Deep oases of life: Exploring the biological and metabolic diversity of deep-sea coral associated microorganisms. Poster presentation at the inaugural Gordon Research Conference on Animal-Microbe Symbioses, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, June 21-26, 2015.

Participant, 2nd International Symposium on Sponge Microbiology, Baltimore, Maryland, October 26-29, 2014.

Salerno, J.L. and M. S. Rappé. Biogeography of bacterial communities associated with reef water and corals of the Hawaiian Archipelago and Greater Pacific Basin. Poster presentation at the 12th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, Cairns, Australia, August 17-22, 2008.

Salerno, J.L. and M. S. Rappé. Biogeography of reef water and coral-associated bacterial communities across the Hawaiian Archipelago and Greater Pacific Basin. Oral presentation at the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 7-11, 2008.

Salerno, J.L., E. A. Hambleton, and M. S. Rappé. Assessing the composition of microbial communities associated with diverse coral species in the Main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Oral presentation at the ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, February 20-24, 2006.

Salerno, J.L. and C.L. Van Dover. Contribution of dual symbiosis to nutrition during ontogenesis in deep-sea mussels. Poster presentation at the ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 9-14, 2003.

Salerno, J.L. and C.L. Van Dover. Dual Symbiosis and Nutrition in Hydrothermal Vent Mussels Bathymodiolus puteoserpentis. Poster presentation at the 31st Annual Marine Benthic Ecology Meeting, Orlando, Florida, March 2002.

PRESENTATIONS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

Salerno, J.L. and M. S. Rappé. Developing a high-throughput method to explore the diversity of bacteria associated with corals in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Presented at the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Joint Science Symposium, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2010.

Salerno, J.L., M. Huggett, A. M. Apprill, and M. S. Rappé. Microbes in the Monument: Characterizing bacterial communities associated with reef-building corals. Presented at the HIMB/NOAA Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership Semi-Annual Meeting, HIMB, Honolulu, Hawaii, May 2009.

Salerno, J.L., M. Huggett, A. M. Apprill, and M. S. Rappé. Microbes in the Monument: Assessing the diversity and distribution of bacteria associated with reef-building corals across the Hawaiian Archipelago and Greater Pacific. Presented at the HIMB/NOAA Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership Semi-Annual Meeting, Windward Community College, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, November 2008.

Salerno, J.L., M. Huggett, A. M. Apprill, and M. S. Rappé. Assessing the diversity of microbes associated with healthy and health-compromised corals. Presented at the HIMB/NOAA Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership Semi-Annual Meeting, NOAA Monument Office, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 2008.

Salerno, J.L., and M. S. Rappé. Assessing microbial diversity in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Presented at the HIMB/NOAA Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership Semi-Annual Meeting, NOAA Monument Office, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, November 2007.

Salerno, J.L., A. M. Apprill, E. A. Hambleton, and M. S. Rappé. Assessing the diversity of microbes associated with healthy and health-compromised corals. Presented at the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Joint Science Symposium, NOAA Monument Office, February 2007 in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Salerno, J.L., A. M. Apprill, E. A. Hambleton, and M. S. Rappé. Assessing the composition of microbial communities associated with corals in the Hawaiian Islands. Presented at the HIMB/NOAA Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership Quarterly Meeting, NOAA Monument Office, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, August 2006.

Salerno, J.L., A. M. Apprill, E. A. Hambleton, and M. S. Rappé. Assessing the composition of microbial communities associated with corals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Presented at the HIMB/NOAA Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership Quarterly Meeting, NOAA Monument Office, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, March 2006.

Salerno, J.L., A. M. Apprill, E. A. Hambleton, and M. S. Rappé. Microorganisms associated with healthy and health-compromised corals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Presented at the HIMB/NOAA Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership Quarterly Meeting, NOAA Monument Office, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, December 2005.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Strategies and Techniques for Analyzing Microbial Population Structures, August 5-15, 2015, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

Bioinformatics workshop, 2nd International Symposium on Sponge Microbiology, October 29, 2014, Baltimore, MD

Epidemics – the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases, Statement of Accomplishment, Coursera, October 2013

Media training, NOAA Monument Office, 2008, Honolulu, HI

“Analysis of microbial sequence data using ARB” workshop, August 13-14, 2009, University of Hawai‘i

Discussion group leader, HIMB-Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership Brainstorming and Directions Meeting, NOAA Monument Office, Honolulu, HI, August 25, 2010

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Public Policy Committee, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) – January 2016 –

Reviewer for Coral Reefs, Marine Ecology Progress Series, PeerJ, Biogeochemistry

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

International Society for Reef Studies, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Microbiology, Women’s Aquatic Network, Association for Women in Science, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, American Geophysical Union

 

CERTIFICATIONS

Radiation Safety certification, UH/AAUS Scientific Diver certification, NAUI Master SCUBA Diver certification, NAUI NITROX certification, PADI Rescue Diver SCUBA Diver certification, Red Cross First Aid certification, DAN Oxygen Administration certification, USCG small boat certification

 

EXTRACURRICULAR UNIVERSITY SERVICE

VA delegation organizer for the Blue Vision Summit Healthy Oceans Hill Day, May 10, 2017, Washington, D.C.

Participated in the 8th Annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD) to speak to members of U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and Congressional Committees about the importance of biogeoscience research, September 29-30, 2015, Washington, D.C.

Judge for undergraduate student research, George Mason University College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium, May 1, 2015

Women In Science Luncheon Series (WISLS), George Mason University, Co-organizer, March 2015 – May 2016

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH / VOLUNTEER WORK

Volunteer Science Fair Judge for Microbiology, Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA, February 4, 2017

Consultant for First Lego League (FLL) team from Greenbriar West Elementary, Fairfax, VA (7 students in 5th and 6th grade designing a robot to clean up oil spills in the ocean), September 2016 – November 2016

Student poster and oral presentation judge at the 23rd biennial Coastal and Estuarine Research Foundation (CERF) Conference, Portland, Oregon, November 8 – 12, 2015.

Interviewed by Virginia middle school student Madelyn Letendre about ocean science research, marine biology careers, and scientific writing for her English class, February 2015

Surfrider Foundation Bogue Banks Chapter, Executive Committee, August 2013 – July 2014

Surfrider Foundation Bogue Banks Chapter, Member, October 2012 – July 2014

North Carolina Coastal Federation Volunteer, Oyster reef restoration and marine debris May 2012 – July 2014

Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Protection Program Volunteer, April 2012 – July 2014

Fund-raising volunteer for Hawai‘i Public Radio, 2008 – 2011

Volunteer Judge at the Hawai‘i State Science and Engineering Fair, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, April 2009 and April 2010

Volunteer, HIMB/NOAA Northwestern Hawaiian Island Research Partnership Information Booth, Hawai’i Ocean Expo, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 2009 and March 2010

Volunteer SCUBA diver for Aohe Limue – Alien Algae Cleanup Efforts, Waikiki, Hawaii, 2004 – 2007

 

MEDIA COVERAGE OF RESEARCH

“Gulf oil spills could destroy shipwrecks faster.” March 9, 2016. ScienceNews for Students

“Shipwrecks may crumble faster after oil spills.” March 1, 2016. Science Magazine

“Deepwater Horizon Spill Altered Shipwreck Ecosystems.” March 1, 2016. Scientific American

“BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil spill changed sea life near shipwrecks.” February 24, 2016. Newsweek

“Amazing new video shows deepwater shipwrecks corroded by BP oil spill.” February 23, 2016. Washington Post

“BP oil spill altered coral, shipwrecks in gulf, scientists say.” February 23, 2016. The Times-Picayune

“Gulf oil spill could hasten corrosion of shipwrecks.” February 23, 2016. ScienceNews

“Video shows deepwater shipwrecks corroded by BP oil spill.” February 23, 2016. Chicago Tribune

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