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Erin Burge

Coastal Carolina University

Address: Dept. of Marine Science, PO Box 261954, Conway, SC 29526
Phone: 843.349.6491


Ph.D., 2003, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary

Research Interests

  • molecular immunology of fishes and invertebrates
  • host-pathogen interactions
  • environmental influences on immunity
  • molecular ecology

Current Research Projects

  • comparison of gene expression profiles in shrimp associated with exposure to bacteria and the response to hypoxia
  • effects on the feeding ecology of xanthid crabs by infection with the barnacle parasite, Loxothylacus
  • examining the use of underwater video techniques to estimate grouper populations on hardbottom habitats
  • development of real-time PCR assays of immunity for aquacultured cobia
  • control of phase shifts between algal dominated and coral dominated assemblages on Jamaican coral reefs


  • Burge, EJ and SD King. 2015. Parasites of the Carolina Bay lake-endemic Waccamaw killifish Fundulus waccamensis. Southeastern Naturalist. 14(1):197 – 212. doi: 10.1656/058.014.0115
  • Powell, JWB, CL Browdy and EJ Burge. 2015. Blue crabs Callinectes sapidus as potential biological reservoirs for white spot syndrome virus (WSSV). Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 113(2):163 – 167. doi: 10.3354/dao02829
  • Nelson, TJ and EJ Burge. 2014. Occurrence of least killifish Heterandria formosa at the northern limit of its range in South and North Carolina. American Currents. Publication of the North American Native Fishes Association. 39(2): 25 – 28. Erratum 39(3): 38 – 39.
  • O’Shaughnessy, KA, DW Freshwater and EJ Burge. 2014. Prevalence of the invasive rhizocephalan parasite Loxothylacus panopaei in Eurypanopeus depressus in South Carolina and genetic relationships of the parasite in North and South Carolina. Journal of Parasitology. 100(4): 447-454. doi: 10.1645/13-435.1
  • O’Shaughnessy, KA, EJ Burge and JM Harding. 2014. Infection with the rhizocephalan parasite Loxothylacus panopaei reduces feeding in the mud crab Eurypanopeus depressus. Bulletin of Marine Science. 90(2): 611 – 621. doi:10.5343/bms.2013.1060