Julie B. Olson

Julie B. Olson



  • Ph.D., Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Microbial Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
  • Postdoctoral research: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution

Research Interests

  • Sponge-microbial interactions, determine what controls microbial community structure within a host organism
  • Increasing microbial recoverability from various environments, create and apply novel media and media additions in order to cultivate the largest percent of the community
  • Elucidation of microbially-produced secondary metabolites that serve as anti-microbials
  • Applying molecular genetic techniques to examine the microbial communities associated with various environments, particular focus on functional genes

Selected Publications

Olson, J.B., R.W. Thacker, and D.J. Gochfeld.  2014.  Molecular community profiling reveals impacts of time, space, and disease status on the bacterial community associated with the Caribbean sponge Aplysina cauliformisFEMS Microbiol Ecol 87:268-279

Easson, C.G., D.J. Gochfeld, M. Slattery, H.G. Momm, J.B. Olson, and R.W. Thacker.  2013. Exploring individual- to population-level impacts of disease on coral reefs: fate and dynamics of Aplysina Red Band Syndrome (ARBS). PLoS One 8(11): e79976. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079976

Stevens, J.L., and J.B. Olson.  2013. Invasive lionfish harbor a different external bacterial community than native Bahamian fishes.  Coral Reefs 32:1113-1121

Olson, J.B., and X. Gao.  2013.  Characterizing the bacterial associates of three Caribbean sponges along a gradient from shallow to mesophotic depths.  FEMS Microbiol Ecol 85:74-84

Gochfeld, D.J., C.G. Easson, C.J. Freeman, R.W. Thacker, and J.B. Olson. 2012. Nutrient enrichment and disease as stressors on the Caribbean sponge Aplysina cauliformis and its cyanobacterial symbionts.  Mar Ecol Prog Ser 456:101-111

Hodges, T.W., M. Slattery, and J.B. Olson.  2012.  Unique actinomycetes from marine caves and coral reef sediments provide novel PKS and NRPS biosynthetic gene clusters. Mar Biotechnol 14:270-280

Erwin, P.M, J.B. Olson, and R.W. Thacker.  2011.  Phylogenetic diversity, host- specificity and community profiling of sponge-associated bacteria in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. PLoS One DOI:10.137/journal.pone.0026806

Olson, J.B., and C.A. Kellogg.  2010. Microbial ecology of corals, sponges, and algae in mesophotic coral environments.  FEMS Microb Ecol 73:17-30