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Carolyn Friedman

Research areas

Carolyn Friedman is interested in the health of marine and freshwater shellfish. Her lab participates in collaborative research that focuses on the investigation of infectious and non-infectious diseases of wild and cultured marine invertebrates and in ecosystem health: population dynamics, genetics and restoration. Specific topics of research interest include: disease and genetic interactions between wild and cultured geoducks, population dynamics and restoration of the Pinto abalone, summer mortality and herpes virus infections of the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas. Her lab is also currently developing tools to control and diagnose Withering Syndrome in abalone and is investigating the development of resistance to Withering Syndrome in California abalones, Haliotis spp. Her lab has begun to develop molecular tools (quantitative PCR)to aid in the investigation of the role of pathogens impacting Bering Sea animals (Hematodinium in Tanner and Snow crabs and Ichthyophonus in Pollock). Finally her lab is examining possible etiologies of recent marked declines in freshwater mussels in King County.

Marine Biology Courses

FISH/OCEAN/BIOL 250: Marine Biology

Introductory lecture-laboratory course in marine biology focusing on physical, biological, and social aspects of the marine environment. Topics include oceanography, ecology, physiology, behavior, conservation, fisheries, exploration, and activism. One weekend field trip required.

In the News

“Study of mollusk epidemic could help save endangered sea snail” (California Sea Grant, February 20, 2018)