= contributed equally as co-first authors

Google Scholar Profile

Elizabeth A. Andruszkiewicz, Kevan M. Yamahara, Collin J. Closek, Alexandria B. Boehm (2020). Quantitative PCR assays to detect whales, rockfish, and common murre environmental DNA in marine water samples of the Northeastern Pacific. PLoS One, 15(12): e0242689.

Anni Djurhuus, Collin J. Closek, Ryan P. Kelly, Kathleen J. Pitz, Reiko P. Michisaki, Hilary A. Starks, Kristine R. Walz, Elizabeth A. Andruszkiewicz, Emily Olesin, Katherine Hubbard, Enrique Montes, Dan Otis, Frank Muller-Karger, Francisco P. Chavez, Alexandria B. Boehm, Mya Breitbart (2020). Environmental DNA reveals seasonal shifts and potential interactions in a marine community. Nature Communications, 11(1), 1-9. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-14105-1

Collin J. Closek, Jarrod A. Santora, Hilary A. Starks, Isaac D. Schroeder, Elizabeth A. Andruszkiewicz, Keith M. Sakuma, Elliott L. Hazen, John C. Field, Alexandria B. Boehm (2019). Marine vertebrate biodiversity and distribution within the central California Current using environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding and ecosystem surveys. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 732. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00732

Aaron C. Hartmann, Kristen L. Marhaver, Anke Klueter, Michael Lovci, Collin J. Closek, Erika Diaz, Valérie F. Chamberland, Frederick I. Archer, Dimitri D. Deheyn, Mark J. A. Vermeij, Mónica Medina (2019). Acquisition of obligate mutualist symbionts during the larval stage is not beneficial for a coral host. Molecular Ecology, 28(1), 141-155. doi: 10.1111/mec.14967

Natalie Sawaya, Anni Djurhuus, Collin J. Closek, Megan Hepner, Emily Olesin, Lindsey Visser, Chris Kelble, Kate Hubbard, Mya Breitbart (2019). Assessing eukaryotic biodiversity in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary through environmental DNA metabarcoding. Ecology and Evolution, 9(3), 1029-1040. doi: 10.1002/ece3.4742

Anni Djurhuus, Jesse Port, Collin J. Closek, Kevan Yamahara, Ofelia Romero-Maraccini, Kristine R. Walz, Dawn B. Goldsmith, Reiko Michisaki, Mya Breitbart, Alexandria B. Boehm, Francisco P. Chavez (2017). Evaluation of filtration and DNA extraction methods for Environmental DNA biodiversity assessments across multiple trophic levels. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4(314). doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00314

Ryan P. Kelly, Collin J. Closek, James L. O’Donnell, James E. Kralj, Andrew O. Shelton, Jameal F. Samhouri (2017). Genetic and manual survey methods yield different and complementary views of an ecosystem. Frontiers in Marine Science, 3(283). doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00283

Colleen A. Burge=, Collin J. Closek=, Carolyn S. Friedman=, Maya L. Groner=, Cody M. Jenkins=, Amanda Shore-Maggio=, Jennifer E. Welsh= (2016). The use of filter-feeders to manage disease in a changing world. Integrative & Comparative Biology, 56(4), 572-587. doi: 10.1093/icb/icw048

Lauren E. Fuess=, Morgan E. Eisenlord=, Collin J. Closek=, Allison Tracy=, Ruth Mauntz=, Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn=, Monica M. Moritsch=, Reyn Yoshioka=, Colleen A. Burge, C. Drew Harvell, Carolyn S. Friedman, Ian Hewson, Paul K. Hershberger, Steven B. Roberts (2015). Up in arms: Immune and nervous system response to Sea Star Wasting Disease. PLoS One, 10(7), e0133053.

Janelle R. Thompson, Hanny E. Rivera, Collin J. Closek, Mónica Medina (2015). Microbes in the coral holobiont: Partners through evolution, development, and ecological interactions. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 4(176). doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2014.00176
[Most cited Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology paper of 2017]

Collin J. Closek, Shinichi Sunawaga, Michael K. DeSalvo, Todd Z. DeSantis, Yvette M. Piceno, Eoin L. Brodie, Michele X. Weber, Christian R. Voolstra, Gary L. Andersen, Mónica Medina (2014). Coral transcriptome and bacterial community reveal distinct Yellow Band Disease states in Orbicella faveolata. The ISME Journal, 8(12), 2411–2422. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2014.85


Research projects have been or are currently supported by National Philanthropic Trust, Waitt Foundation, National Oceanographic Partnership Program (BOEM, NASA, NOAA), Seaver Institute, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, California Sea Grant, Joint Genome Institute, Sigma Xi, American Museum of Natural History, National Geographic, and the National Science Foundation.

Research Cruises

PSS Remeliik II (Palau National Department of Marine Law Enforcement – 4 weeks/year)
Palau eDNA Monitoring Cruise, Palau National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker (NOAA – 9 days)
Rockfish Recruitment and Ecosystem Assessment, Central California Coast

R/V Rachel Carson (MBARI – 1 day)
Biological Oceanography Cruise, Monterey Bay

NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker (NOAA – 27 days)
Rockfish Recruitment and Ecosystem Assessment, Central California Coast

R/V Western Flyer (MBARI – 10 days)
CANON (Controlled, Agile, and Novel Observing Network) Cruise, Monterey Bay

R/V Kilo-Moana (University of Hawaii – 10 days)
Hawai’i Ocean Time-series

R/V Centennial (University of Washington – 1 day)
Salish Sea, Puget Sound, WA

R/V Oceanus (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution – 31 days)
Bermuda Atlantic Time-series, Sargasso Sea, Gulf Stream

Dive Locations

  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Monterey, CA
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Akumal, Mexico
  • Puerto Morelos, Mexico
  • Florida Springs, FL
  • Outer Banks, NC

Research Facilities and Field Sites

  • Palau International Coral Reef Center (Koror, Republic of Palau)
  • NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (Monterey /Santa Cruz, CA)
  • University of South Florida College of Marine Science (St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (Moss Landing, CA)
  • UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab (Bodega, CA)
  • Hog Island Oyster Company (Marshall, CA)
  • NOAA K. Chew Aquaculture Center (Manchester, WA)
  • NOAA Mukilteo Research Station (Mukilteo, WA)
  • Taylor Shellfish Hatchery (Quilcene, WA)
  • UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education, University of Hawai’i, Mānoa (Honolulu, HI)
  • University of the Virgin Islands Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (St. Thomas, USVI)
  • Centro Superior de Investigación en Salud Pública (València, Spain)
  • Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico)
  • University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island (Sapelo Island, GA)