Marine Immunology

Dr. Andrea Tarnecki

Dr. Andrea Tarnecki

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Tarnecki's (former Larsen) dissertation research focused on the factors that influence the structure of microbial communities associated with finfish as well as identification of the bacteria associated with tissues of various fish species. Her work at Mote will examine the interactions that occur between microorganisms and the fish immune system. Dr. Tarnecki's goal is to develop a better understanding of the influence that microbes have on fish health, ultimately leading to development of better probiotics for use in aquaculture.


2014 PhD in Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences from Auburn University

2007 BS (summa cum laude) in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University


Larsen, A.M., and C.R. Arias. 2014. More than mucus: the hidden world of the fish microbiota. Fisheries 39: 154.

Larsen, A.M., F.S. Rikard, W.C. Walton, and C.R. Arias. 2014. Temperature effect on high salinity depuration of Vibrio vulnificus and V. parahaemolyticus from the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica). International Journal of Food Microbiology 192C: 66-71.

Larsen, A.M., H.H. Mohammed, and C.R. Arias. 2014. Characterization of the gut microbiota of commercially valuable warmwater fish species. Journal of Applied Microbiology 116: 1396-1404.

Arias, C.R., A.M. Larsen, and K. Koenders. 2013. Predominant bacteria associated with red snapper Lutjanus campechanus (Poey, 1860) from the northern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 25(4): 281-289.

Larsen, A.M., Z. Tao, S.A. Bullard, and C.R. Arias. 2013. Diversity of the skin microbiota of fishes: evidence for host species specificity. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 85: 483-494.

Larsen, A.M., F.S. Rikard, W.C. Walton, and C.R. Arias. 2013. Effective reduction of Vibrio vulnificus in the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) using high salinity depuration. Food Microbiology 34(1): 118-122.

Tao, Z., A. Larsen, S.A. Bullard, A.C. Wright, and C.R. Arias. 2012. Prevalence and population structure of Vibrio vulnificus on recreational fishes from the northern Gulf of Mexico. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78(21):7611-7618.