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Maureen K Purcell, Ph.D.

Maureen leads a team of scientists, technicians, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and visiting scientists working to improve methods for the detection of fish pathogens, determine factors affecting the epidemiology of fish diseases, and develop novel control strategies for reducing losses among both hatchery-reared and wild fish.

Research Interests:                            

The Fish Health Section studies infectious diseases of fish, molecular taxonomy and epidemiology of fish pathogens, ecology of fish diseases in wild populations and fish host defenses. A portion of our time is spent providing technical assistance to other federal, state and tribal fisheries agencies, including activities such as training, technology transfer and rapid response to emerging fish pathogens.

Professional Experience

  • 2017 to Present - Chief, Fish Health Section, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA

  • 2014 to Present - Affiliate Associate Professor, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • 2008-2016 - Research Microbiologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA

  • 2005 - 2008 - Microbiologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA

  • 1999 - 2000 - Contractor, NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fishery Science Center, Seattle, WA

  • 1997 - 1999 - Professional Research Assistant, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. 2005. Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • M.S. 1997. Zoology, University of Maine, Orono, ME

  • B.S. 1993. Zoology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Fisheries Society - Fish Health Section

  • European Association of Fish Pathologists 

  • Associate Editor - Journal of Aquatic Animal Health

  • Editorial Board - Fish and Shellfish Immunology

  • Editorial Board - Journal of Virological Methods

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 - Presidential Early Career Service Award for Scientists and Engineers

  • 2012 - U.S. Geological Survey, Western States Diversity Award group award to Fish Health Section

  • 2012 - American Fisheries Society, Most significant paper in Journal of Aquatic Animal Health

  • 2009 - U.S. Geological Survey, Best Professional Paper in Biology by a New Scientist

  • 2008 - American Fisheries Society, Most significant paper in Journal of Aquatic Animal Health

  • 2004 - Faculty Merit Award, U.W. School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences

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