Positions

Overview

  • BS in Biology from University of Richmond in 2001. MS and PhD in Biology from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2003 and 2007. MBA from University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2009.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021-12-01 Unusual morphotypes of the giant barrel sponge off the coast of Barbados.Diversity.  13:663. 2021-12-01
    2021-03-01 Molecular detection and microbiome differentiation of two cryptic lineages of giant barrel sponges from Conch Reef, Florida Keys.Coral Reefs.  40:853-865. 2021-03-01
    2021-01-01 Cryptic genetic lineages of a colonial ascidian host distinct microbiomes.Zoological Scripta2021-01-01
    2021-01-01 Microbiome variability across the native and invasive range of the ascidian Clavelina oblonga.Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  87. 2021-01-01
    2020-01-01 Biogeography and host-specificity of cyanobacterial symbionts in colonial ascidians of the genus Lissoclinum.Systematics and Biodiversity.  18:496-509.. 2020-01-01
    2020-01-01 Host phylogeny and life history stage shape the gut microbiome in dwarf (Kogia sima) and pygmy (Kogia breviceps) sperm whales.Scientific Reports.  10. 2020-01-01
    2019-01-01 Life at home and on the roam: Genomic adaptations reflect the dual lifestyle of an intracellular, facultative symbiont.mSystems.  4. 2019-01-01
    2019-01-01 Ontogeny of symbiont community structure in two carotenoid-rich, viviparous marine sponges: comparison of microbiomes and analysis of culturable pigmented heterotrophic bacteria.Environmental Microbiology Reports.  11:249-261.. 2019-01-01
    2019-01-01 Testing the relationship between microbiome composition and carbon flux in Caribbean coral reef sponges.Microbiome.  7:124.. 2019-01-01
    2018-12-01 Comparing Two Common DNA Extraction Kits for the Characterization of Symbiotic Microbial Communities from Ascidian TissueMicrobes and the Environment.  33:435-439. 2018-12-01
    2018-07-01 A comparison of prokaryotic symbiont communities in nonnative and native ascidians from reef and harbor habitatsFEMS Microbiology Ecology.  94:fiy139. 2018-07-01
    2018-01-01 A comparison of symbiotic microbial communities in nonnative and native ascidians from reef and harbor habitats.FEMS Microbiology Ecology.  94. 2018-01-01
    2018-01-01 A test of the sponge-loop hypothesis for emergent Caribbean reef sponges.Marine Ecology Progress Series.  588:1-14.. 2018-01-01
    2018-01-01 Agelas Wasting Syndrome alters prokaryotic symbiont communities of the Caribbean brown tube sponge, Agelas tubulata.Microbial Ecology.  76:459-466.. 2018-01-01
    2018-01-01 Comparing the efficacy of two common DNA extraction kits in the characterization of symbiotic microbial communities from ascidian tissue.Microbes and Environments.  33:435-439.. 2018-01-01
    2017-09-01 Introduced ascidians harbor highly diverse and host-specific symbiotic microbial assemblages.Scientific Reports.  7:11033.. 2017-09-01
    2017-02-01 Latitudinal variation in the microbiome of the sponge Ircinia campana correlates with host haplotype but not anti-predatory chemical defense.Marine Ecology Progress Series.  565:53-66. 2017-02-01
    2017-01-01 Effects of reciprocal transplantation on the microbiome and putative nitrogen cycling functions of the intertidal sponge, Hymeniacidon heliophila.Scientific Reports.  7:43247.. 2017-01-01
    2017-01-01 High diversity and unique composition of gut microbiomes in pygmy (Kogia breviceps) and dwarf (K. sima) sperm whales.Scientific Reports.  7:7205.. 2017-01-01
    2017-01-01 Latitudinal variation in the microbiome of the sponge Ircinia campana correlates with host haplotype but not anti-predatory chemical defense.Marine Ecology Progress Series.  565:53-66.. 2017-01-01
    2017-01-01 Stable microbial communities in the sponge Crambe crambe from inside and outside a polluted Mediterranean harbor.FEMS Microbiology Letters.  364. 2017-01-01
    2017-01-01 The sponge microbiome project.GigaScience.  6:1-7.. 2017-01-01
    2016-09-01 Population structure and connectivity in the Mediterranean sponge Ircinia fasciculata are affected by mass mortalities and hybridization.Heredity.  117:427-439.. 2016-09-01
    2016-01-01 Diversity, structure and convergent evolution of the global sponge microbiome.Nature Communications.  7:11870.. 2016-01-01
    2016-01-01 Feeding cessation alters host morphology and bacterial communities in the ascidian Pseudodistoma crucigaster.Frontiers in Zoology.  13. 2016-01-01
    2016-01-01 Intraspecific variation in microbial symbiont communities of the sun sponge, Hymeniacidon heliophila, from intertidal and subtidal habitatsApplied and Environmental Microbiology.  82:650-658. 2016-01-01
    2016-01-01 Intraspecific variation in microbial symbiont communities of the sun sponge, Hymeniacidon heliophila, from intertidal and subtidal habitats.Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  82:650-658.. 2016-01-01
    2016-01-01 Population structure and connectivity in the Mediterranean sponge Ircinia fasciculata are affected by mass mortalities and hybridization.Heredity.  117:427-439.. 2016-01-01
    2015-10-01 Stable symbionts across the HMA-LMA dichotomy: Low seasonal and interannual variation in sponge-associated bacteria from taxonomically diverse hostsFEMS Microbiology Ecology.  91:fiv115. 2015-10-01
    2015-09-01 Temporal stability of bacterial symbionts in a temperate ascidian.Frontiers in Microbiology.  6:1022. 2015-09-01
    2015-06-01 Diversity of fungi isolated from three temperate ascidians.Symbiosis.  66:99-106. 2015-06-01
    2015-06-01 Harbor networks as introduction patchworks: contrasting distribution patterns of native and introduced ascidians.Biological Invasions.  17:1623-1638. 2015-06-01
    2015-05-01 No evidence for food limitation of Caribbean reef sponges: Reply to Slattery & Lesser (2015)Marine Ecology Progress Series.  527. 2015-05-01
    2015-01-01 A review of evidence for food limitation of sponges on Caribbean reefs.Marine Ecology Progress Series.  519:265-283.. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 A review of evidence for food-limitation of sponges on Caribbean reefsMarine Ecology Progress Series.  519:265-283. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 Diversity of fungi isolated from three temperature ascidians.Symbiosis.  66:99-106.. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 Harbor networks as introduction gateways: contrasting distribution patterns of native and introduced species.Biological Invasions.  17:1623-1638.. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 No evidence for food limitation of Caribbean reef sponges: Reply to Slattery & Lesser (2015).Marine Ecology Progress Series.  527:281-284.. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 Stable symbionts across the HMA-LMA dichotomy: low seasonal and inter-annual variation in sponge-associated bacteria from taxonomically diverse hostsFEMS Microbiology Ecology.  91. 2015-01-01
    2014-12-01 Symbiotic archaea in marine sponges show stability and host specificity in community structure and ammonia oxidation functionality.FEMS Microbiology Ecology.  90:699-707. 2014-12-01
    2014-10-01 Biogeography rather than association with cyanobacteria structures symbiotic microbial communities in the marine sponge Petrosia ficiformis.Frontiers in Microbiology.  5:1-11.. 2014-10-01
    2014-08-01 Optimization of fourteen microsatellite loci in a Mediterranean demosponges subjected to population decimation, Ircinia fasciculata.Conservation Genetics Resources.  6:301-303. 2014-08-01
    2014-01-01 Biogeography rather than association with cyanobacteria structures symbiotic microbial communities in the marine sponge Petrosia ficiformis.Frontiers in Microbiology.  5:529.. 2014-01-01
    2014-01-01 Down under the tunic: bacterial biodiversity hotspots and widespread ammonia-oxidizing archaea in coral reef ascidians.The ISME Journal.  8:575-588.. 2014-01-01
    2014-01-01 Optimization of fourteen microsatellite markers in a Mediterranean demosponge subjected to population decimation, Ircinia fasciculata.Conservation Genetics Resources.  6:301-303.. 2014-01-01
    2014-01-01 Symbiotic archaea in marine sponges show stability and host specificity in community structure and ammonium oxidation functionality.FEMS Microbiology Ecology.  90:699-707.. 2014-01-01
    2013-11-01 Host rules: spatial stability of bacterial communities associated with marine sponges (Ircinia spp.) in the Western Mediterranean Sea.FEMS Microbiology Ecology.  86:268-76. 2013-11-01
    2013-11-01 Till death do us part: stable sponge-bacteria associations under thermal and food shortage stresses.PloS ONE.  8:e80307. 2013-11-01
    2013-10-01 Lights and shadows: Growth patterns in three sympatric and congeneric sponges (Ircinia spp) with contrasting abundances of photosymbiontsMarine Biology.  160:2743-2754. 2013-10-01
    2013-08-01 Biogeography and host fidelity of bacterial communities in Ircinia spp. from the Bahamas.Microbial Ecology.  66:437-47. 2013-08-01
    2013-01-01 Growing or reproducing in a temperate sea: Optimization of resource allocation in a colonial ascidianInvertebrate Biology.  132:69-80. 2013-01-01
    2013-01-01 Small core communities and high variability in bacteria associated with the introduced ascidian Styela plicataSymbiosis.  59:35-46. 2013-01-01
    2012-10-01 Stability of sponge-associated bacteria over large seasonal shifts in temperature and irradiance.Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  78:7358-68. 2012-10-01
    2012-03-01 A specific mix of generalists: Microbial symbionts in Mediterranean Ircinia sppFEMS Microbiology Ecology.  79:619-637. 2012-03-01
    2012-01-01 First records of didemnid ascidians harboring Prochloron from Caribbean Panama: Genetic relationships between Caribbean and Pacific photosymbionts and host ascidiansSystematics and Biodiversity.  10:435-445. 2012-01-01
    2012-01-01 Ultrastructure, molecular phylogenetics and chlorophyll a content of novel cyanobacterial symbionts in temperate sponge hostsMicrobial Ecology.  64:771-783. 2012-01-01
    2010-12-01 Settlement induction of Acropora palmata planulae by a GLW-amide neuropeptideCoral Reefs.  29:929-939. 2010-12-01
    2010-12-01 The pharmaceutical value of marine biodiversity for anti-cancer drug discoveryEcological Economics.  70:445-451. 2010-12-01
    2010-10-01 Phenotypic plasticity in the sponge Callyspongia vaginalis: morphological and molecular dataScientia Marina.  74:445-453. 2010-10-01
    2010-05-01 Effects of sponge bleaching on ammonia oxidizing Archaea: Distribution and relative expression of ammonia monooxygenase genes associated with the barrel sponge Xestospongia muta.Microbial Ecology.  60:561-571. 2010-05-01

    Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021-01-01 Diversity and abundance of native and non-native ascidians in Puerto Rican harbors and marinas.Marine Pollution Bulletin.  167:112262. 2021-01-01

    Presentations

    Research Overview

  • Molecular Ecology, Phylogenetics, Microbial Ecology, Invertebrate Biology, Host-Symbiont Interactions, Coral Reef Biology
  • Co-principal Investigator On

  • Response to Marine Mammal Strandings in Southern North Carolina with Emphasis on Bottlenose Dolphin Post-UME Monitoring, Human Interaction Diagnosis in support of the Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Team and Enhanced Ancillary Analyses. 2022-09-01 - 2023-08-01
  • Response to Marine Mammal Strandings in Southern North Carolina with Special Emphasis on Bottlenose Dolphin Post-UME Monitoring, Human Interaction Diagnosis in support of the Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Team, and Enhanced Ancillary Analyses 2021-09-01 - 2022-08-01
  • Development of a cost-efficient assessment tool to prevent the establishment of invasive marine species in Puerto Rico 2018-02-01 - 2020-04-01
  • Testing the sponge-loop for Caribbean coral reefs 2016-02-01 - 2019-01-01
  • From Canned Labs to Investigative Experiences in Microbiology 2018-04-01 - 2018-05-01
  • Understanding microbial structure and function in host ascidians using metatranscriptomics 2016-02-01 - 2016-05-01
  • Microbial symbionts and marine invasions: Contributions of the ascidian microbiome to the ecology and invasive potential of introduced species in North Carolina 2016-01-01 - 2016-05-01
  • Equipment Allocation: Monochromator microplate reader 2014-11-01 - 2015-08-01
  • Molecular and Metabolic Approaches to Identify and Characterize Unknown Microorganisms in BIOL 246 and BIOL 425 2015-01-01 - 2015-04-01
  • Molecular and Metabolic Approaches to Identify and Characterize Unknown Microorganisms in BIOL 246 and BIOL 425 2014-04-01 - 2015-04-01
  • CAS Equipment Allocation 2014-10-01 - 2014-12-01
  • Equipment Allocation 2014-01-01 - 2014-04-01
  • Investigator On

  • Development and application of genomic resources for ascidian taxonomy and holobiont evolution (SBS-2122475) 2021-01-01 - 2022-01-01
  • Response to marine mammal strandings in southern North Carolina with special emphasis on Bottlenose dolphin post-UME monitoring, human interaction diagnosis, and enhanced ancillary analyses 2021-01-01 - 2022-01-01
  • Biodegradation of emerging per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in sediments: An interdisciplinary approach · Drs. Mead, Harfmann 2021-01-01
  • Bioprospecting with marine parasite microbiomes · Drs. Strangman, Buck 2021-01-01
  • CSURF Research Supplies Awards 2021-01-01
  • Structural and functional changes in the pathobiome of bottlenose dolphins (Tursipos truncatus) throughout an usual mortality event · Supporting undergraduate Honor’s student Olivia Mathieson 2021-01-01
  • Response to and coordination of marine mammal strandings in North Carolina with special emphasis on Bottlenose dolphin post-UME monitoring and enhanced ancillary analyses 2020-01-01 - 2021-01-01
  • Undergraduate Awardee: Sean Murray 2020-01-01
  • Development of a cost-efficient assessment tool to prevent the establishment of invasive marine species in Puerto Rico 2018-01-01 - 2020-01-01
  • Microbiome characterization as a potential health indicator in Tursiops truncatus and Kogia spp. 2018-01-01 - 2020-01-01
  • From canned labs to investigative experiences in microbiology (continuation funds) 2019-01-01
  • VWR Mobile Glassware Washer 2019-01-01
  • CSURF Research Supplies Awards 2018-01-01
  • Low Temperature Incubator for Bacterial Cultures 2018-01-01
  • Testing the sponge-loop hypothesis for Caribbean coral reefs (NSF-155858 2016-01-01 - 2018-01-01
  • MARSYMBIOMICS: Evolutionary implications, ecological roles, and vulnerability to ocean changes of marine symbioses 2013-09-01 - 2017-08-01
  • Characterizing the structural development and functional importance of gut microbiomes in pygmy (Kogia breviceps) and dwarf (K. sima) sperm whales 2017-01-01
  • Determining the impact of environmental factors on invasive ascidian microbiomes via aquaria experimentation 2017-01-01
  • GenePulser Xcell Total System 2017-01-01
  • Molecular and metabolic approaches to identify and characterize unknown microorganisms in BIOL 246 and BIOL 425 (continuation funds) 2017-01-01
  • Microbial symbionts and marine bioinvasions: Contribution of the ascidian microbiome to the ecology and invasive potentdial of introduced species in North Carolina 2016-01-01
  • Molecular and metabolic approaches to identify and characterize unknown microorganisms in BIOL 246 and BIOL 425 (continuation funds) 2016-01-01
  • Understanding microbial structure and function in host ascidians using metatranscriptomics 2016-01-01
  • CSURF Research Supplies Awards 2015-03-01 - 2015-05-01
  • Applied Learning Funds 2014-11-01 - 2015-05-01
  • 2015CSURF Research Supplies Awards 2015-01-01
  • Molecular and metabolic approaches to identify and characterize unknown microorganisms in BIOL 246 and BIOL 425 (continuation funds) 2015-01-01
  • Omega Fluor Plus Gel Documentation System 2015-01-01
  • CSURF Research Supplies Awards 2014-03-01 - 2014-05-01
  • Applied Learning Funds 2013-11-01 - 2014-05-01
  • 2014CSURF Research Supplies Awards 2014-01-01
  • Eppendorf Model 542R Refrigerated Centrifuge 2014-01-01
  • Integrating genetics, taxonomy and chemical ecology to understand biodiversity and ecosystem function of sponge-microbe symbioses on Caribbean coral reefs 2014-01-01
  • Linking symbiont structure to biogeochemical function in the widespread sponge species Hymeniacidon heliophila 2014-01-01
  • Molecular and metabolic approaches to identify and characterize unknown microorganisms in BIOL 246 and BIOL 425 2014-01-01
  • Monochromator Microplate Reader 2014-01-01
  • Teaching Overview

  • Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Environmental Microbiology, Molecular Genetics
  • Full Name

  • Patrick Michael Erwin