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: 

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

Joyner, J.L., D. Wanless, C. Sinigalliano and E.K. Lipp. 2014. Direct Detection of Serratia marcescens in the environment using quantitative real time PCR. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 80: 1679-1683

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

Futch, J.C., D.W. Griffin, K. Banks and E.K. Lipp. 2011. Evaluation of sewage source and fate on Southeast Florida coastal reefs. Marine Pollution Bulletin 62 (11): 2308 – 2316. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.08.046

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

Malayil, L., J.W. Turner, K. Howe, B. L. Mote and E.K. Lipp. 2011. Evaluation of enrichment media for improved PCR-based detection of V. cholerae and V. vulnificus from estuarine water and plankton. Journal of Applied Microbiology 110: 1470 – 1475. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2672.2011.04996.x

Looney, E.., K. P. Sutherland and E.K. Lipp. 2010. Effects of temperature, nutrients, organic matter and coral mucus on the survival of the coral pathogen, Serratia marcescens, PDL100. Environmental Microbiology 12(9): 2479 - 2485. doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2010.02221.x

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) 4310/6310(L): Environmental Microbiology [Spring term]
EHSC 8310: Advanced Topics in Aquatic Microbiology, Health and the Environment [Fall term; odd years]
EHSC(MARS) 8410: Oceans and Human Health [Fall term; even years]