Harvell, Catherine Drew

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Drew Harvell is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. She received her PhD from University of Washington in 1985. Her research on host-pathogen interactions and the sustainability of marine ecosystems has taken her from the reefs of Mexico, Indonesia, and Hawaii to the Pacific Northwest. She leads an NSF Research Coordination Network on Ecology of Infectious Marine Disease. The current focus of Professor Harvell’s  laboratory group is on sustainable marine biodiversity and the ecology of host-pathogen interactions in a changing ocean.  A sub-theme of this work includes evaluating the impacts of a warming climate on marine ecosystems. Her analyses and papers have led to the now widespread acceptance that diseases are restructuring marine ecosystems, from very climate-sensitive coral reef ecosystems to rocky temperate shores. Projects in her lab involve multi-disciplinary, cross-scale approaches, including field studies, remote sensing, genetic and transcriptomics, chemical analyses, and mathematical modeling. She is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, a winner of the Society of American Naturalists Jasper Loftus-Hills Award, and a lead author of the oceans chapter in the U.S. Climate Change Assessment. Her writing appears in The New York Times, The Hill and in over 140 academic articles in journals such as ScienceNature, andEcology. She recently published her first book, A Sea of Glass. At Cornell, my focus is to teach undergraduate courses in Marine Ecology and Invertebrate Biology. My primary courses are Marine Ecology and Invertebrate Biology (taught at Shoals Marine Lab), and I teach modules and am listed as an instructor in Chemical Ecology and Conservation Oceanography. For graduate teaching, I teach an every other fall Invertebrate Biology seminar, I also teach a Field graduate course every other year in Hawaii, with Nelson Hairston and Jed Sparks and I participate regularly in a graduate journal club, Ecology of infectious Disease. I do regular guest lectures in Oceanography, Conservation Medicine (vet college), and Ecology and Environment.

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