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Infectious diseases of fishes and other aquatic organisms
Characterize infection, molecular pathogenesis and diseases processes in aquatic organisms as these factors relate to the host, pathogen, and environment.

Non-Infectious Diseases
Investigate the role of contaminants and natural toxins in the etiology of immune and reproductive disorders, cancer, and endocrine disruption.

Microbial ecology
Analyze the distribution, prevalence, and population dynamics of the microbial flora in aquatic ecosystems to monitor relationships of pathogenic and non-pathogenic organisms with biotic and abiotic factors of the environment.

Health assessment
Conduct health assessments of fish and aquatic organisms to indicate population and ecosystem condition and/or change based on analysis of biological indicators of stress, epidemiology, development of indices, and predictive models.

Restoration and mitigation
Develop and adapt genetic management and disease control strategies to enhance survival in the natural environment of depleted, threatened, and endangered populations of fishes and other aquatic organisms.

Emergency response
Identify and evaluate significant contaminant and invasive microbial threats to aquatic resources and provide advice and direction or conduct containment and control.

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