Ocean Genome Legacy at Northeastern University



Allison Kerwin

Koty received her Masters Degree in Marine Biology from the Three Seas Program at Northeastern University in December 2010 where she worked with Dr. Koty Sharp (OGL) and Dr. Randi Rotjan (New England Aquarium) to investigate variation in coral-associated bacterial and archaeal assemblages in symbiotic and asymbiotic colonies of the temperate coral Astrangia poculata using 16S rRNA gene libraries and fluorescent in-situ hybridization. In her current position with OGL, Allison's research efforts are focused on extending her thesis research to further characterize Astrangia bacterial and archaeal assemblages using next generation sequencing technologies.


2010 M.S., Northeastern University, Nahant, MA
2005B.A., Smith College, Northampton, MA.


Publications & Presentations

Kerwin, A.H. 2010. The impact of Symbiodinium on the bacterial and archaeal communities associated with the temperate coral, Astrangia poculata. Talk presented for the New England Aquarium seminar series.

Kerwin, A.H., and S. Vollmer. 2010. Prevalence of Porites trematodiasis in northern Moorea, French Polynesia, and the cause of pink discoloration stress response in massive Porites corals. Poster presented at Three Seas Master’s presentations.

Perkins, S.L., A.S. Kerwin, A.D. Rothschild. 2009. Patterns of infection of the lizard malaria parasite, Plasmodium floridense, in invasive brown anoles (Anolis sagrei) in Southwestern Florida. Parasitology Research 104(5): 1191-1196.

Kerwin, A.H., and M. Price. Dispersal mechanisms of the moss Dicranoweisia cirrata. Submitted to Candollea.

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