Erika Shook

Erika Shook
Septer Lab
3105B Murray Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599


M.S., Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, (current)
B.S., Animal Science (Minors: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Wildlife Conservation) University of Connecticut, 2020

Research Interests

Marine microbial ecology, ecological genomics, and ocean policy.

Research and Activities

I will be conducting a combination of lab work and field work in Oahu, Hawaii to investigate the ecology of the bacteria Vibrio fischeri in the natural environment and within its host organism, the Hawaiian bobtail squid. From these communities, I will assess the proportion of V. fischeri strains that possess a killing mechanism used in bacterial competition in host colonization, called the Type-6 Secretion System.