Assistant Professor of Biology
Tel: (301) 696-3648
Office: Hodson Science & Technology Center, Room 148
- Ph.D., Penn State
- B.S., Muhlenberg College
- BIOL 316 Genetics
- BIOL 202 Physiology of Plants and Animals laboratory
- BIOL 114 Biodiversity: Past, Present, and Future
- BIOL 470 Biology Senior Seminar
- ENV 526b Genetic Methods for Analysis of Populations
Sue Carney, assistant professor of biology, teaches courses in genetics, evolution, and introductory biology. Her background is in ecological genetics, and she has published several research papers describing various uses of genetics for investigating individual and population level variation related to different environments.
Research and Teaching Interests
I am interested in using genetics as a tool to investigate questions related to conservation, evolution, and the adaptation of individuals and populations in ecological systems. At Penn State, I studied genetics and gene expression analysis of deep-sea hydrothermal vent tubeworms and hydrocarbon seep mussels. As a postdoctoral scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory, I worked on projects involving conservation genetics of the Florida manatee. Here at Hood, undergraduate and graduate students and I continue to work on a diversity of projects involving manatees, crayfish, and other invertebrates within local freshwater, estuarine, and marine systems, all with the goal of understanding how individuals and populations adapt to their environments at the genetic level.
- Carney, S.L., Bolen, E.E., Barton, S.L., Scolardi, K.M., Englund, C.C., Tringali, M.D., and Reynolds, J.E. III. 2007. A minimally invasive method of field sampling for genetic analyses of the Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris. Marine Mammal Science 23: 967-975.
- Cordes, E. E., Carney, S. L., Hourdez, S., Carney, R., Brooks, J. M., and Fisher, C. R. 2007. Cold seeps of the deep Gulf of Mexico (1900 to 3300 m): Community structure and biogeographic comparisons to Atlantic Equatorial Belt seep communities. Deep-Sea Research I 54: 637-653.
- Carney, S.L., Flores, J.F., Orobona, K.M., Butterfield, D.A., Fisher, C.R., and Schaeffer, S.W. 2007. Environmental differences in hemoglobin gene expression in the hydrothermal vent tubeworm, Ridgeia piscesae. Comp Biochem Physiol Pt B. 146: 326-337.
- Carney, S.L., Formica, M.I., Divatia, H., Nelson, K., Fisher, C.R. and Schaeffer, S.W. 2006. Population structure of the mussel, Bathymodiolus childressi, from Gulf of Mexico hydrocarbon seeps. Deep Sea Res I 53: 1061-1072.