Bonnie Brown

Bonnie Brown

Professor, Interim Department Chair
Research: Ecological/Conservation Genetics
(804) 828-3265

Office Information
    (804) 828-3265
    LFSCB 329

Laboratory Information
    (804) 828-0906
    LFSCB 327

Research Interests
Ecological and Conservation Genetics

Background Information

Bonnie Brown received her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Old Dominion University in 1989. Bonnie works in the field of ecological genetics.  One arm of her research is metagenomics, investigation of genetic material obtained directly from environmental samples.  Major efforts include epidemiological metagenomics (detecting and monitoring for disease causing organisms in the environment), elaborating the effects of microbial community structure on ecosystem function and responses to environmental change, quantification and assessment of human DNA in dust, detection and quantification of parasites and disease-causing organisms in heterogenous environmental backgrounds (Kudoa and parasitic amoebae from fishes, Dermo and MSX in oysters, Bacillus in soils, and influenza from environmental isolates), and quantification of functional and taxonomic diversity of microbes in riverine and estuarine ecosystems.  Another arm of her research involves using molecular markers to document the dynamic genetic processes that characterize impacted and managed populations and to employ this knowledge in conservation, restoration, and aquaculture.  Projects in this area include utilizing DNA-based molecular indicators of genetic variation to discern macroevolutionary and mircoevolutionary processes in fishes (e.g., American shad), mollusks (e.g., eastern oyster), and threatened/endangered species (e.g., blackbanded sunfish).


National Science Foundation

Virginia Oyster Reef Heritage Foundation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Jeffress Memorial Trust

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Egypt Science & Technology Joint Fund Program