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Carrie E Givens, PhD

Carrie Givens is the Environmental Microbiology Team Lead at the United States Geological Survey Upper Midwest Water Science Center. She is a Microbiologist with the Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (Lansing, MI).

Carrie Givens is the Environmental Microbiology Team Lead at the United States Geological Survey Upper Midwest Water Science Center. She leads and collaborates on research exploring bacterial pathogens and antibiotic resistance in the environment, microbial communities associated with harmful algal blooms, and the influence of the environment and chemical contaminants on the host microbiome. She has a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Carolina Honors College and a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of Georgia.

Professional Experience

  • U.S. Geological Survey, 03/2014-present

    Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Lansing, MI 48911

    Microbiologist, Lead for Environmental Microbiology Team

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 02/2013-02/2014
    Fish and Aquatic Conservation, Arlington, VA 22203                        
    Fish and Wildlife Biologist - Knauss Sea Grant Fellow 

  • University of Georgia, 08/2007-12/2012
    Department of Marine Sciences, Athens, GA 30602

    Advisor:  Dr. James T. Hollibaugh
    Graduate Research Assistant

    Dissertation: A Fish Tale: Comparison of the Gut Microbiome of 15 Fish Species and the Influence of Diet and Temperature on its Composition

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 03/2011-05/2011

    Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, Dauphin Island, AL 36528                    
    Public Health Oceans & Human Health Intern

    Project Focus: Investigation of the fish intestine and sediment as potential reservoirs of Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 06/2010-08/2010

    Hollings Marine Laboratory, Charleston, SC 29412                     
    NOAA Oceans & Human Health Intern                

    Project Focus: Comparison of the microbial communities associated wi

  • Undergraduate Researcher - Senior Honors Thesis, 10/2006-05/2007

    University of South Carolina Honors College, Columbia, SC 29201

    Thesis Director:  Dr. Rudolph E Mancke

    Second Reader: Dr. Thomas J. Hilbish

    Comparison of the ancestral armadillo fossil record with the current species distribution of the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) in the Southeastern United States

  • Environmental Intern, 05/2005-08/2005

    Santee Cooper Power, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

  • Undergraduate Researcher - Honors Independent Study, 01/2005-05/2005

    University of South Carolina Honors College, Columbia, SC 29201

    The Care and Use of Small Animals in Education at Riverbanks Zoo

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Marine Science, 08/2007-12/2012, University of Georgia (UGA), Athens, GA

  • B.S. in Biology with minor in Marine Science with Honors, 08/2003-05/2007, University of South Carolina Honors College, Columbia, SC

  • International Student, 02/2006-07/2006, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Member, Bioscience Advisory Committee for Wilson Talent Center (Lansing, MI)

Honors and Awards

  • Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, 2013

  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, NOAA Oceans & Human Health Initiative, 2008-2011

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