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James Evans, Ph.D.

James is a postdoctoral Research Marine Biologist with the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, where he is part of the Coral Microbial Ecology Laboratory.

James is interested in the intersection between microbial symbiosis and host function and fitness, with a particular focus on marine conservation. His current research with the USGS uses molecular approaches to investigate the causative agent(s) of stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD), an ongoing coral disease outbreak currently impacting reefs throughout Florida and the wider Caribbean. His prior research experience includes using marine invertebrate microbiomes to better understand the invasive potential of nonnative marine species and as a tool to help distinguish between morphologically indistinguishable cryptic lineages.