Curriculum vitae

Jessica Lee Joyner

Email: jjoyner07@gmail.com Ÿ

Current Positions:

City University of New York Postdoctoral Research Fellow

                        Co-Advisors: Avrom Caplan and Theodore Muth

Brooklyn College Adjunct Assistant Professor – Biology Department

Education Background:

2014    Ph.D. Ecology                                                                University of Georgia

Co-Advisors: Erin Lipp and William Fitt

Investigating Coastal Microbial Communities: Detecting Introductions of Enteric Bacteria and Changes in the Coral Microbiome

2007    B.S. Biological Science                                  Florida State University

Cum Laude; Certificate in Living Marine Resource Ecology; Chemistry Minor

 

Research Experience:

2014 – present     City University of New York Postdoctoral Fellow at Brooklyn College under Avrom Caplan and Theodore Muth

  • Manage the Authentic Research Experience in Microbiology (AREM) program – supporting courses at 13 campuses with AREM modules that sample the urban microbial environmental; responsibilities include field sampling, data analysis, and classroom instruction.

2013    Nancy Foster National Marine Sanctuaries Program Collaboration under Scott Donahue, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

  • Assisted with the assessment of boat groundings damage and coral reef health. Completed a literature review for all the research completed in the Sanctuary within the framework of the identified Science Needs or priorities.

2012    Strategies and Techniques for Analyzing Microbial Population Structures course organized by Mitchell Sogin – Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

  • Gained a proficiency in designing a sampling strategy to assess and analyze microbial communities in the coral reef environment

2010    Diseases of Coral and Other Reef Organisms led by Esther Peters and Bob Jonas, MOTE Tropical Research Lab Advanced Course, Summerland Key, FL

  • Identification of Caribbean coral and sponge diseases, including characteristics for the identification of emerging diseases.

2010    Oceans & Human Health Traineeship with Christopher Sinigalliano, NOAA Atlantic Oceanic and Meteorological Laboratory

  • Developed a real-time qPCR assay for Serratia marcescens in the marine environment.

2007 – 2008   Directed Individual Study under Dr. Janie Wulff; Florida State University

  • Ecology of Tropical Sponges; organized and entered data, identified sponge species using spicule morphology.

2007 – 2008    Research Assistant for Brendan Biggs; FSU

  • Internship studying sponges in Curacao, N.A.; SCUBA diving partner and assisted by preparing supplies, organizing equipment and entering data.

 

Teaching Experience

2014 – present            Adjunct Faculty – Microbiology Laboratory; Brooklyn College, CUNY

2014                Guest Lecturer; Environ. Health Course – Water Quality Lecture

2012 – 2013    Invertebrate Zoology Field course

                             ~ Lectured and mentored student projects in Key Largo, FL

2013                Southeast Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence

Research Educator Exchange Forum – Strategies for effective public outreach through informal education

2013                Guest Lecturer; Environ. Microbio. Course – Molecular Detection Lecture

2011               Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory

                         ~ Organized and taught dissections for semi-weekly laboratory sessions

2010 – 2011   Mentor for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Experience Student

2009 – 2010   Mentor for Two Microbiology Undergrad. Directed Independent Students

2009               Mentor for NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate Students with Disabilities– UGA Microbiology Program

Publications:

Cordoba, A., Huot, H., Joyner, J., Walker, R., Wilson, M., Muth, T., Shaw, R., Cheng, Z. Bacterial diversity and community composition in a range of urban soils of New York City. In prep.

Joyner, J.L., Kemp, D., Wares, J., Porter, J.W., Lipp, E.K., Bacterial Community of the Muco-polysaccharide Layer of Acropora palmata in the Florida Keys. In prep.

Joyner, J.L., Futch, J.C., Griffin, D.W., Lipp, E.K., Analysis of Fecal Short-term Changes in Water Quality Associated with Human Activity at a Remote Marine Reserve. In prep.

Westrich, J., Ebling, A., Landing, W., Joyner, J., Kemp, K., Griffin, D., Lipp, E. K., Saharan Dust Nutrients Promote Vibrio Bloom Formation in Marine Surface Waters. PNAS, In revision.

Joyner, J.L., Sutherland, K.P., Kemp, D., Berry, B., Griffin, A., Porter, J.W., Broome, M., Noren, H., Lipp, E.K. Systematic Analysis of White Pox Disease in Acropora palmata of the Florida Keys and the Role of Serratia marcescens. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 81: 4451-5547. [Cover article for issue 13]

Joyner, J.L., Wanless, D.W., Sinigalliano, C., Lipp, E.K., 2014. Use of Quantitative Real-Time PCR for Direct Detection of Serratia marcescens in Marine and Other Aquatic Environments. Applied Environmental Microbiology, 80(5):1679.

Sutherland, K.P., Shaban, S., Joyner, J.L., Porter, J.W., Lipp, E.K., 2011. Human Pathogen Shown to Cause Disease in the Threatened Elkhorn Coral Acropora palmata. Plos One 6, e23468.

 

Professional Presentations: 

Joyner, J; Muth, T.; Caplan, A. 2015. Big City, Big Data: Student Driven Characterization of the Urban Microbiome. Poster Presentation at the Gordon Research Conference – Undergraduate Biology Education Research. Lewiston, ME.

Muth, T.; A. Caplan; J. Joyner. 2015. Science for All, One Swab at a Time – Scalable Undergraduate Microbiome Research Experience. Microbrew Presentation at the American Society for Microbiology Committee on Undergraduate Education. Austin, TX.

Joyner, J.; K. Sutherland; D. Kemp; J. Porter; E.K. Lipp. 2014. White Pox Disease and the Environmental Prevalence of Serratia marcescens in the Florida Keys. Poster Presentation at the Gordon Research Conference – Oceans and Human Health Seminar and Conference, Biddeford, ME.

Joyner, J. 2014. Investigating the Diseased Coral and Sponge Microbiota. Invited Speaker MOTE Marine Laboratory

Joyner, J. 2014. Bacterial Community of the Azure Sponge. Symbiofest–Symbiosis Symposium, Athens, GA.

Joyner, J. 2014. Investigating Coastal Microbial Communities: Detecting Introductions of Enteric Bacteria and Changes in the Coral Microbiome. Dissertation Defense, Athens, GA.

Joyner, J.; D. Kemp; J. Wares; J. Porter; E.K. Lipp. 2014. Bacterial Community Assemblies of Individual Acropora palmata Colonies Observed Over Three Years. Poster Presentation at the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography – Ocean Science Mtg, Honolulu, Hawaii

Joyner, J.; J. Porter; D. Kemp; J. Wares; E.K. Lipp. 2014. The Coral Microbiome – In Sickness and In Health. Invited Speaker Brooklyn College, NY

Joyner, J.; D. Kemp; J. Wares; J. Porter; E.K. Lipp. 2014. Long-term Monitoring to Describe the Bacterial Community of the Coral Acropora palmata. 20th Annual Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium, Athens, GA.

Joyner, J; E. K. Lipp; J. Wares. 2013. Seasonal variation of Acropora palmata surface microbial community. Symbiofest–Symbiosis Symposium, Athens, GA.

Joyner, J; E. K. Lipp. 2013. Coral pathogen detection in non-host coral during a disease occurrence. Poster Presentation at the 42nd Benthic Ecology Meeting, Savannah, GA.

Joyner, J; E. K. Lipp. 2013. Sewage contamination and pathogen introduction to the marine environment. UGA Environmental Health Science Dept. Seminar, Athens, GA.

Joyner, J. 2012. Marine sponges as biosentinels for sewage contamination in coastal environments. Southeast Branch American Society for Microbiology Branch Meeting, Athens, GA.

Joyner, J & E. K. Lipp. 2012. Impacts of sewage contamination in the Florida Keys on water quality and marine animals. Oral and Poster Presentation at the Gordon Research Conference – Oceans and Human Health Seminar and Conference, Biddeford, ME.

Joyner, J. 2012. Sewage contamination in coastal ecosystem-Hide and seek (for bacteria) in a field of marine invertebrates. Symbiofest–Symbiosis Symposium, Athens, GA.

Joyner, J; J. C. Futch; J. Westrich; D. Griffin; E. K. Lipp. 2012. Enteric bacteria released by bathing tourists in the Dry Tortugas National Park, FL. 18th Annual Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium, Athens, GA.

Joyner, J; E. K. Lipp. 2011. Marine sponges as potential reservoirs for enteric bacteria and implications to human and coral health. Southeast Branch American Society for Microbiology Branch Meeting, Gainesville, FL.

Joyner, J; J. C. Futch; J. Westrich; D. Griffin; E. K. Lipp. 2011. Enteric bacteria released by bathing tourists in the Dry Tortugas National Park, FL. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation BiAnnual meeting, Daytona, FL.

Joyner, J; D. Wanless; J. Okereke; C. Sinigalliano; K.P. Sutherland; E.K. Lipp. 2011. Detection of Serratia marcescens in the environment using quantitative real time PCR. Poster Presentation at the American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Joyner, J; T. Okereke; E. K. Lipp. 2011. Known Serratia marcescens virulence genes as insights into the unknown mechanisms of white pox disease. American Society Limnology and Oceanography – Aquatic Sciences Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Joyner, J; T. Okereke; E. K. Lipp. 2011. Known Serratia marcescens virulence genes as insights into the unknown mechanisms of white pox disease. 17th Annual Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium, Athens, GA.

Joyner, J; D. Wanless; T. Okereke; C. Sinigalliano; K. Patterson Sutherland; E. K. Lipp. 2010. Serratia marcescens in the environment: real time detection and preliminary analysis of virulence. Poster Presentation at the Gordon Research Conference – Oceans and Human Health Seminar and Conference, Biddeford, ME.

Joyner, J; E. K. Lipp. 2010. Analysis of virulence genes in Serratia marcescens and potential association with coral pathogenesis. Symbiofest–Symbiosis Symposium, Athens, GA.

Joyner, J; E. K. Lipp; W. Fitt. 2010. Does the species composition of symbiotic microbial communities for corals and sponges change with time and space? 39th Benthic Ecology Meeting, Wilmington, NC.

Joyner, J; E. K. Lipp; W. Fitt. 2010. Does the species composition of symbiotic microbial communities for corals and sponges change with time and space? 16th Annual Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium, Athens, GA.

Joyner, J; E. K. Lipp. 2009. Can marine sponges be early indicators of sewage contamination for coastal environments? Poster Presentation at NOAA Oceans and Human Health Principle Investigators meeting, Seattle, WA.

 

Awards Received:

2015    American Society for Microbiology Conference on Undergraduate Education Travel Award

2013   International Women’s Fishing Association Scholarship

2012   International Women’s Fishing Association Scholarship

2012    Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Endowment Travel Grant

2011    Top Student Presentation award- Oceans and Human Health session at the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation BiAnnual meeting

2011    Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Endowment Grant

2011    University of Georgia Travel Scholarship

2010    Dr. Nancy Foster NOAA Fellowship (Four years stipend & tuition)

2009    Georgia Oceans and Human Health Initiative One Year Fellowship

2008    Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Endowment Grant

 

Leadership Positions:

2014               Gordon Research Seminar Oceans & Human Health Co-Chair

2009 – 2010    Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium Co-Chair

2008 – 2010   Graduate Student Association Ecology Representative

 

Employment History:

2014 – present CUNY Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Brooklyn College

2008 – 2010   Research Assistantship under Dr. Erin Lipp; University of Georgia, GA

2008               Lab Technician for Dr. Janie Wulff; Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL

 

Community Outreach:

2015                Environmental DNA interview; Staten Island Community Television

2015                New York City Science Fair Judge

2012 – 2013    Upper Oconee Watershed Network, Athens, GA

– Quarterly monitoring of bacterial water quality

6/7/2012         Public Health Impact – UGA College of Public Health TV show

EP 24 – Water Quality (http://youtu.be/ZaubHmPf50w)

9/21/2011 & 9/5/2012   Sanctuary Wednesday – Sports Radio1600 WKWF – show guest

2011 – 2012    Team Ocean – Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary education and outreach group – volunteer

2009 – 2013    EcoReach – Odum School of Ecology Community Events

2009 – 2014    Advisory Council for Phi Mu Fraternity (UGA)

2007 – present St. George’s Community Soup Kitchen Holiday Server &

Kitchen Assistance, West Palm Beach, FL

Oct, 2009         Guest Speaker for Beth Mote’s Zoology and Biology class,

Apalachee High School, Barrow County, GA

 

Skills:

SCUBA – Rescue diver

CPR, AED, First Aid (all current)

MS Office suite, QIIME, RGui, BashScripting

Languages – Spanish (moderate), American Sign Language (basic),

& Python (basic)

 

Journals Reviewed for:

Microbial Ecology

 

Professional Affiliations:

New York Academy of Science

American Society for Limnology & Oceanography

The American Society for Microbiology

Divers Alert Network

 

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