Illustration of the phylogenetic distribution of zoonotic status, secretome (i.e. secreted proteome) size and genome size for 191 pathogenic bacteria. (source: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/140805/ncomms5594/fig_tab/ncomms5594_F2.html)
Research and Publications
In collaboration with Valerie (Jody) Harwood at the University of South Florida, my laboratory has examined how abiotic and biotic conditions affect the persistence and abundance of zoonotic bacteria, including E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella enterica. We are now studying how abiotic and biotic conditions affect the persistence and abundance of vancomycin-resistant enterococci and the transfer of the vancomycin-resistance gene.
Young, S., Nayak, B., Sun, S., Badgley, B., Rohr, J.R., Harwood, V.J. 2016. Vancomycin resistant enterococci and changes in bacterial community structure associated with a residential sewage spill. Applied & Environmental Microbiology 82: 5653-5660
Staley, Z.R., Harwood, V.J., Rohr, J.R. 2015. A synthesis of the effects of pesticides on microbial persistence in aquatic ecosystems. Critical Reviews in Toxicology 45:813-836
Staley, Z.R., Senkbeil, J.K., Rohr, J.R., Harwood, V.J. 2014. Agrochemicals indirectly increase survival of E. coliO157:H7 and indicator bacteria in freshwater by reducing ecosystem services. Ecological Applications 24:1945-1953
Staley, Z.R., Senkbeil, J.K., Rohr, J.R., Harwood, V.J. 2012. Lack of direct effects of agrochemicals on zoonotic pathogens and fecal indicator bacteria. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78: 8146-8150
Staley, Z., Rohr, J.R., Harwood, V.J. 2011. A test of direct and indirect effects of agrochemicals on the survival of fecal indicator
bacteria. Applied and Environmental Microbiology77: 8765-8774
Staley, Z., Rohr, J.R., Harwood, V.J. 2010. The effect of agrochemicals on indicator bacteria densities in outdoor mesocosms. Environmental Microbiology 12: 3150-3158
For a full list of publications, please see the Publications page on this website.