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Kathleen M. Morrow, Ph.D.

I am a marine microbial ecologist and most recently completed a term faculty positions in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University where I taught courses in Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology for undergraduate and graduate students, respectively.  I have retained affiliate faculty status at the University of New Hampshire and will continue to conduct research on host-associated microbiomes in tropical coral reefs. When I'm not doing science, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, swimming and doing yoga. My husband is a microbrewer and we are both certified beer judges. We love to travel, meet new people, and find new adventures.  

Leipzig, Germany
August 2018
Benthic Ecology Meeting
Newfoundland, Canada
March 2019


Gordon Research Conference: Animal-Microbe Symbioses
June 16-21 2019
West Dover, Vermont


This video documents my adventures with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, University of Queensland, and Smithsonian marine scientists to study coral reefs living in a bubble bath of carbon dioxide.  Volcanic activity within the vicinity of some areas of Papua New Guinea causes the release of 99% pure carbon dioxide into the surrounding reef environment, lowering the pH within the seawater, causing "ocean acidification." My goal was to study how coral microbes change in response to ocean acidification. This video documents how coral reef habitats are altered when seawater pH is lowered to the levels predicted for the next century.  What we don't see is how coral reefs will change when pH is lowered and temperatures increases... Many predict that the combined effect will change how we see coral reefs forever,

Snorkeling footage from the Red Sea off the coast of KAUST in Saudi Arabia - corals, jellies, ctenos, and whalesharks oh my!

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