Darrell Jay Grimes, Ph.D.
Current Graduate Students
- Tracy R. Berutti, M.S. student, B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from The University of Southern Mississippi. Tracy has finished her thesis research on the PCR detection of total Vibrios and Vibrioparahaemolyticus in shrimp aquaculture floc and she will graduate in December 2012.
- Adrienne Russell Flowers, Ph.D. student, B.A. in Plant Ecology from the University of California Berkeley, M.A. from San Diego State University in Plant Systematics. Adrienne is interested in detection, distribution, and abundance of Vibrio spp. in sediment and plankton.
- Marcia Pendleton, M.S. student, B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Alabama Agriculture & Mechanical University. Marcia is working on the detection and role ofVibrios in petroleum, especially the MC252 oil.
- Corey D. Russo, Ph.D. student, B.S., Biological Sciences/Environmental Science, Minor in Religion California Lutheran University. Corey is working on the isolation andepidemiology of Dolphin Morbillivirus in bottlenose dolphins. For the next nine months (until May 2013) he will be conducting this work as an intern at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, MD.
- Rachelle Williams, Ph.D. student, B.S. in Biological Sciences from The University of Southern Mississippi. She is characterizing Vibrios associated with bottlenose dolphin blood and tissue samples. Her samples came from Barrataria Bay, LA and Sarasota Bay, FL and were collected by NOAA scientists.
- Amy Salamone, M.S. student, Amy is finishing a project that is looking at the biodiversity of bacterial and fungal biofilms on artificial reefs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
- 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.
- Kimberly Griffitt, M.S. student, focused on improved detection methods for selected Vibrio species in seawater. She received her M.S. in August 2012.
- Shuo Shen, Ph.D. student, B.S. Biological Science, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, is beginning a project on the molecular detection of Photobacterium damselae subspp. damselae in marine fish and bottlenose dolphins.