Erin K. Lipp

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Professor, Graduate Coordinator

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144 Environmental Health Science Bldg
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Educational Background: 
Ph.D., Marine Science, University of South Florida
B.A., Biology, New College of Florida
Area of Specialty: 
  • Water Pollution Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Climate change and human health
Research Interests: 
  • Ecology of human pathogens in coastal and other natural waters
  • Role of environmental exposures in waterborne disease transmission
  • Coastal water quality and wastewater impacts on coral reefs
  • Climate change and waterborne disease
  • Oceans and human health
Professional Affiliations: 
Selected Publications: 

Westrich, J.W., A.M. Ebling, W.M. Landing, J.L. Joyner, D.W. Griffin, and E.K. Lipp. 2016. Saharan dust nutrients promote Vibrio bloom formation in marine surface waters. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113: 5964 – 5969

Sutherland, K.P., B. Berry, A. Park, D.W. Kemp, K.M. Kemp, E.K. Lipp, and J.W. Porter. 2016. Coral disease etiologies as moving targets: a 20-year case study of white pox disease affecting Acropora palmata in the Florida Keys, 1994 – 2004. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371: 20150205; DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0205

Hasan, N., C.J. Grim, E.K. Lipp, I.N.G. Rivera, J. Chun, B.J. Haley, E. Taviani, S.Y. Choi, M. Hoq, C. Munk, T.S. Brettin, D. Bruse, J.F. Challacombe, C. Detter, C.S. Han, J.A. Eisen, A. Huq, and R.R. Colwell. 2015. Deep-sea hydrothermal vent bacteria related to human pathogenic Vibrio species. Proc Natl Acad Sci 112: E2813-E2819

Maurer, J., G. Martin, S. Hernandez, Y. Cheng, P. Gerner-Smidt, K.B. Hise, M. Tobin D’Angelo. D. Cole, S. Sanchez, M. Madden, S. Valeika, A. Presotto, and E.K. Lipp. 2015. Diversity and persistence of Salmonella enterica strains in rural landscapes in the southeastern United States. PLoS One 10(7): e0128937

Joyner, J.L., K.P Sutherland, D. Kemp, B Berry, A. Griffin, J.W. Porter, M.B. Amador, H.K.G Noren and E.K. Lipp. 2015. Systematic analysis of white pox disease in Acropora palmata of the Florida Keys and the role of Serratia marcescens. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 81: 4451-5547.  [Cover article for issue 13]

Turner, J.T., L. Malayil, D. Guadagnoli, D. Cole and E.K. Lipp.  2014. Detection of Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio cholerae with respect to seasonal fluctuations in temperature and plankton abundance. Environmental Microbiology 16: 1019 – 1028

Vereen, E., R.R. Lowrance, M.B. Jenkins, P. Adams, S. Rajeev, E.K. Lipp. 2013. Landscape and seasonal factors influence Salmonella and Campylobacter prevalence in a rural mixed use watershed. Water Research 47: 6075 – 6085

Mote, B.K., J.W. Turner and E.K. Lipp. 2012. Persistence and growth of the fecal indicator bacteria, enterococci, in natural estuarine plankton communities. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78(8): 2569 – 2577. doi: 10.1128/​AEM.06902-11

Sutherland, K.P., S. Shaban, J.L. Joyner, J.W. Porter and E.K. Lipp. 2011. Human pathogen shown to cause disease in the threatened elkhorn coral Acropora palmata. PLoS One. 6(8): e23468. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023468

Sutherland, K.P., J.W. Porter, J.W. Turner, B.J. Thomas, E.E. Looney, T. Luna, M.K. Meyers, J.C. Futch and E.K. Lipp. 2010. Human sewage identified as likely source of white pox disease of the threatened Caribbean elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata. Environmental Microbiology 12(5): 1122 - 1131. DOI:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2010.02152.x

Futch, J.C., D.W. Griffin and E.K. Lipp. 2010. Human enteric viruses in groundwater indicate offshore transport of human sewage to coral reefs of the Upper Florida Keys. Environmental Microbiology 12: 964 - 974. DOI:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2009.02141.x

Gentry, J.B., J. Vinjé, D. Guadognoli and E.K. Lipp. 2009. Norovirus distribution within an estuarine environment. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75 (17): 5474 - 5480. DOI:10.1128/AEM.00111-09

Turner, J.W., B. Good, D. Cole and E.K. Lipp. 2009. Environmental factors affect the status of plankton as a reservoir for Vibrio species. The ISME (International Society for Microbial Ecology) Journal 3: 1082 – 1092.  DOI:10.1038/ismej.2009.50

Haley, B.J., D. Cole and E.K. Lipp. 2009. Distribution, Diversity and Seasonality of Waterborne Salmonellae in a Rural Watershed. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75(5) 1248 - 1255.



Courses Taught: 

EHSC(MIBO)(FDST) 4310(L): Environmental Microbiology [Spring term]

EHSC 7310: Public Health Microbiology [Fall term; even years]

EHSC 8310: Advanced Topics in Aquatic Microbiology, Health and the Environment [Fall term; odd years]

EHSC(MARS) 8410: Oceans and Human Health [no longer offered on routine basis]