Maya Groner, Ph.D.

I am employed as a research scientist at the Prince William Sound Science Center in Cordova, Alaska. Much of my research is conducted at two USGS facilities, the Western Fisheries Research Center in Seattle, WA and the Marrowstone Marine Field Station, in Nordland, WA.



Ph.D. 2011. Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA

B.A. 2004. Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


Research Interests:                      

Parasites and pathogens are all around us.  While the average infestation may not have huge impacts on infected populations or the communities within which they exist, recent evidence suggests that the incidence of high-impact diseases (or emerging infectious diseases) is increasing.  Shifts in the relationships between the host, pathogen and environment can create novel interactions resulting in increased pathogen virulence, reduced population resilience and changes in disease ranges. In my research I investigate how these shifts alter epidemiological patterns of diseases, and what the consequences of disease are for population and community processes in marine and freshwater ecosystems.   I examine these questions across many levels of biological organization, from the level of the genome to the community and I employ a wide variety of techniques, from field surveys to experimental manipulations to in silico modelling. Much of my research has an applied focus, examining declining species, threatened ecosystems, impacts of climate change and toxins, and interactions between wild and farmed fisheries.

I am employed as a research scientist at the Prince William Sound Science Center in Cordova, Alaska. Much of my research is conducted at two USGS facilities, the Western Fisheries Research Center in Seattle, WA and the Marrowstone Marine Field Station, in Nordland, WA. Previously I worked as postdoctoral fellow with Jeff Shields and John Hoenig at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and with Crawford Revie and Mark Fast in the department of health management at the Atlantic Veterinary College in the University of Prince Edward Island. I completed my Ph.D. with Dr. Rick Relyea at the University of Pittsburgh in December 2011.

Research Ecologist

Prince William Sound Science Center

300 Breakwater Rd.

P.O. Box 705

Cordova, AK, 99574


Twitter: @Maya_Groner

Website: ​


Past Experience:

2016 to 2018 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Departments of Fisheries Science and Aquatic Health Sciences, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, College of William and Mary, VA

2016 to 2018 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA

2012-2015 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE, Canada

2015 to 2016 - Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Marine Environmental Technology, University of Maryland-Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

2006-2011 - Graduate Student, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2005-2006 - Monitoring Assistant, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Bellingham, WA

2004 -2005 - Field Technician, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Cascade, ID, and Seattle, WA

2003-2004 - Independent Research/Thesis, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


Honors, Awards, Recognition, Elected Memberships:

2010 - Provost development fund, University of Pittsburgh, PA, for minorities and women completing a doctorate, finalist.

2009 - President’s Award, North American Benthological Society.

2008 - Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh, for excellent teaching assistantship in the biological sciences.

2007 - Ivy McManus Award, University of Pittsburgh, for outstanding 1st year graduate student in biology

2004 - Mary K. Sease Award, Wesleyan University, for excellence in science outreach.


Professional Societies:

American Society of Naturalists

Graduate Women in Science

Ecological Society of America

American Society for Limnology and Oceanography


Published/ In Press

Cox, R., M.L. Groner, C. Todd, T. Patanasatienkul, and C.W. Revie. 2017 . Mate limitation in salmon lice infesting wild salmon hosts: the influence of parasite gender ratio and aggregation. Ecosphere 8:e02040. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2040.

Hoenig, J.M.*, M.L. Groner*, M.W. Smith*, W.K. Vogelbein, D.M. Taylor, D.F. Landers Jr., D.T. Gauthier, P. Sadler, M. Matsche, A. Haines, H.J. Small, R. Pradel, R. Choquet, and J.D. Shields. 2017. Impact of disease on the survival of three commercially fished species. Ecological Applications 27(7): 2116-2127. DOI: 10.1002/eap.1595. *co-lead authors

McEwan, G., M.L. Groner, D. Burnett, M. Fast, and C.W. Revie. 2016. Managing aquatic parasites for reduced resistance: Lessons from the land. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 13: 20160830. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0830.

Burge, C.A., C. Closek, C.S. Friedman, M.L. Groner, C. Jenkins, A. Shore, and J.E. Welsh. 2016. The use of filter-feeders to manage disease in a changing world. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56(4): 573-587. DOI: 10.1093/icb/icw048. *all authors contributed equally

Groner, M.L.*, L.A. Rogers*, A.W. Bateman, B.M. Connors, L.N. Frazer, S.C. Godwin, M. Krkošek, M.A. Lewis, S.J. Peacock, E.E. Rees, C.W. Revie, and U.E. Schlägel. 2016. Lessons from sea lice and salmon epidemiology. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (London) B. 317(1689): 20150203. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0203. *co-lead authors

Groner, M.L.*, J. Maynard*, R. Breyta, R.B. Carnegie, A. Dobson, C.A. Friedman, B. Froelich, M. Garren, F.M.D. Gulland, S.F. Heron, R.T. Noble, C.W. Revie, J.D. Shields, R. Vanderstiche, E. Weil, S. Wyllie-Echeverria, and C.D. Harvell. 2016.  Managing marine disease emergencies in an era of rapid ocean change. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (London) B. 317(1689): 20150364. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0364. *co-lead authors

Eisenlord, M.E.*, M.L. Groner*, R.M. Yoshioka, J. Elliot, J. Maynard, S. Fradkin, M. Turner, K. Pyne, N. Rivlin, R. van Hooidonk, and C.D. Harvel. 2016.  Demographic shifts and severe population declines from the sea star wasting disease epizootic in the northeast Pacific. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (London) B. 317(1689): 20150212. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0212.   *co-lead authors

​Maynard, J., R. van Hooidonk, C.D. Harvel, C.M. Eakin, B.L. Liu G, Willis, G.J. Williams, M.L. Groner, A. Dobson, S.F. Heron, R. Glenn, K. Reardon, and J.D. Shields. 2016.  Improving marine disease surveillance through sea temperature monitoring, outlooks and projections. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (London) B. 317(1689): 20150208. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0208.

​Groner, M.L., C.A. Burge, C.J.S. Kim, E.E. Rees, K. Van Alstyne, S. Yang, S. Wyllie-Echeverria, and C.D. Harvell. 2016. Plant characteristics associated with eelgrass wasting disease. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 118(2): 159-168. DOI: 10.3354/dao02962

Groner, M.L., G. McEwan, G. Gettinby, E.E. Rees, and C.W. Revie. 2016. Quantifying the influence of temperature and salinity on the population dynamics of a marine ectoparasite. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 73(8): 1281-1291. DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2015-0444

McEwan, G., M.L. Groner, M. Fast, G. Gettinby, and C.W. Revie. 2015. Modeling the effect of refugia on the evolution of chemical resistance in a marine parasite. PLoS One 10: e0139128. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139128

Groner, M.L., and R.A. Relyea. 2015. Predators reduce Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection loads in their prey. Freshwater Biology 60(8): 1699-1704. DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12602

Groner, M.L., R. Breyta, A. Dobson, C.A. Friedman, B. Froelich, M. Garren, J. Maynard, F. Gulland, E. Weil, S. Wyllie-Echeverria, and C.D. Harvell. 2015.  Emergency response for marine diseases. Science 347(6227): 1210. DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6227.1210-a.

Page-Karjian, A., T.M. Norton, P. Krimer, M.L. Groner, S.E. Nelson, and N.L. Gottdenker. 2014. Factors influencing survivorship of rehabilitating green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtles with fibropapillomatosis. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 45(3): 507-519. DOI: 10.1638/2013-0132R1.1

Groner, M.L., G. Gettinby, M. Stormoen, C. Revie, and R.W. Cox. 2014. Use of population matrix models to understand the effect of temperature on the population dynamics of a marine ectoparasite. PLoS One 9: e88465. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0088465

Groner, M.L., C.A. Burge, C.S. Couch, C.J.S. Kim, G-F. Siegmund, S. Singhal, S. Smoot, A. Jarrell, J.K. Gaydos, C.D. Harvell, and S. Wyllie-Echeverria. 2014. Host demography influences the prevalence and severity of eelgrass wasting disease. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 108(2): 165-175. DOI: 10.3354/dao02709

Groner, M.L., L.A. Rollins-Smith, L. Reinert, M.A. Bier, J. Hempel, and R.A. Relyea. 2014. Interactive effects of competition and predator cues on immune responses of leopard frogs at metamorphosis. Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 351-358. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.091611

Garcia-Vedrenne, A.E., M.L. Groner, A. Page-Karjian, G. Siegmund, S. Singhal, J. Sziklay, and S. Roberts. 2013. Development of genomic resources for a thraustochytrid pathogen and investigation of temperature influences on gene expression. PLoS One 8:e74196. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0074196

Groner, M.L., J.C. Buck, S. Gervasi,A.R. Blaustein, L.K. Reinert, L.A. Rollins-Smith, M.A. Bier, J. Hempel, and R.A. 2013. Lasting effects: Larval exposure to predators alters immune function and disease in post-metamorphic wood frogs. Ecological Applications 23(6): 1443-1454. DOI: 10.1890/12-1572.1

Groner, M.L., R. Cox, G. Gettinby, and C.W. Revie. 2013. Use of agent-based modelling to predict benefits of cleaner fish in controlling sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) infestations on farmed Atlantic salmon. Journal of Fish Diseases 36(3): 195-208. DOI: 10.1111/jfd.12017

Groner, M.L., and R.A. Relyea. 2011. A tale of two pesticides: How common insecticides affect aquatic communities. Freshwater Biology 56(11): 2391-2404. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2427.2011.02667.x

Groner, M.L. and R.A. Relyea. 2010. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is present in northwest Pennsylvania, with high prevalence in Notophthalmus viridescensHerpetological Review 41(4):462-465.

Turner, A.M., E.J. Cholak, and M.L. Groner. 2010. Expanding American Lotus and Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations of a Shallow Lake. American Midland Naturalist 164(1): 1-8. DOI: 10.1674/0003-0031-164.1.1

Varekamp, J.C., E. Thomas, and M.L. Groner. 2005. The late Pleistocene - Holocene History of Long Island Sound, Seventh Biennial LIS Research Conference Proceedings 27-32.