Kimberly B. Ritchie

941-388-4441, ext. 353; ritchie@mote.org

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION
University of South Carolina at Aiken        BS, Biology, 1994 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill    PhD, Biology, 2000
Scripps Institution of Oceanography        Postdoctoral Sept-Jan 2001
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute         Postdoctoral  June-Sept 2000.

APPOINTMENTS
Jan. 2004-Present    Staff Scientist, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL.  Program Manager, Marine Microbiology Program.  Coral Reef Ecology and Disease.
Jan. 2001-Dec. 2004    Head Scientist, Marine Microbiology Division, MicroGenomics, Inc., Carlsbad, CA. Cloning and expression of total microbial DNA from the environment for drug discovery.
Sept. 2001-Jan. 2001    Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA.  Bacterial community dynamics of healthy corals and shifts during stress.
June 2000-Sept. 2001    Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama.  Host-range studies on twelve species of Echinoderms using tetrodotoxin-producing pathogen.  Phylogenetic analysis of pathogen.
August 1994-May 2000    Graduate Research Fellow, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  DNA Replication at the ends of chromosomes using classic genetics/epistasis analysis
Sept. 1993-May 1994    Technician, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, SC.   Trophic diversity of Middle American Cichlid fish via DNA sequence/phylogenetic analysis.
August 1991-May 1994    Undergraduate Research Associate, University of South Carolina, Aiken.  1) Genetic ID of PCB degrading bacteria. 2) Metabolic diversity of coral microbes.

FIVE RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS
Sharp, KH, KB Ritchie, P Schupp, R Ritson-Williams, and VJ Paul (2010) Bacterial Acquisition by Gametes and Juveniles from Several Broadcast Spawning Coral Species. PLoS ONE 5(5): e10898. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010898.
Mao-Jones J, KB Ritchie, LE Jones, SP Ellner (2010) How microbial community composition regulates coral disease development. PLoS Biol 2010 8(3):e1000345 Manuscript received Faculty of 1000 rating.
Ritchie, KB (2006) Regulation of marine microbes by coral mucus and mucus-associated bacteria. Feature Article: Marine Ecology Progress Series 322: 1-14
Patterson, KL, JW Porter, KB Ritchie, GW Smith, SW Polson (2002). Etiology of white pox, a lethal disease of the Caribbean elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata.  Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences USA 99(13): 8725-8730
Ritchie, KB, I Nagelkerken, S James, GW Smith.  2000.  Identification of a Tetrodotoxin-Producing Pathogen of the Heart Urchin Meoma ventricosa.  Nature 404: 354

FIVE ADDITIONAL PUBLICATIONS
McDaniel, LE, Young E, Delaney J, Ruhnau F., Ritchie KB, Paul JH (2010) High Frequency of Horizontal Gene Transfer in the Oceans. Science 330, 50
Teplitski, M and KB Ritchie (2009) How feasible is the biological control of coral disease? Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 24(7): 378-385.
Krediet, CJ, KB Ritchie, M Cohen, E Lipp, K Sutherland, and M Teplitski (2009) Utilization of mucus from the coral Acropora palmata by environmental and pathogenic isolates of Serratia marcescens.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75(12): 3851-3858.
Geiser, DM, JW Taylor, KB Ritchie, GW Smith.  1998.  Cause of sea fan death in the West Indies.  Nature 394: 137-138
Smith, GW, LD Ives, IA Nagelkerken, KB Ritchie. (1996) Caribbean Sea-Fan Mortalities.  Nature 383, 487

SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES
    Editorial Board, Coral Reefs
    Courtesy Faculty: University of Florida, University of South Florida
    Chair, Session 8: Coral-Microbial Interactions, 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, July 2008
    Editor: Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, 2009-2010
    Graduate Committee: Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UCSD, University of Florida, University of South Florida
    Florida Aquarium Scientific Advisory Committee
    Technical Advisory Committee, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary/EPA
    Advisory Board, NOAA Undersea Research Center/Advisory Council for Undersea Research and Education (SEACURE)
    NOAA NM Fisheries Service Acropora Recovery Plan Team Member
    Patent: Methods for harvesting microbial samples from aquatic organisms, Ritchie, US Provisional Patent.  Application 60/445,060.  Filed Feb 4, 2003.

COLLABORATORS
John Paul (USF), Mya Breitbart (USF), Jim Hoch (Scripps Research Institute, CA), Kiho Kim, (American U), Todd LaJeunesse (FIU), Mikhail Matz (U Texas, Austin), Valerie Paul (Smithsonian), John Pringle (Stanford), Koty Sharp (Ocean Genome Legacy), Max Teplitski (U Florida), Ernesto Weil (U Puerto Rico)

ADVISORS
    Nancy Knowlton, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA (Postdoctoral Advisor), Harilaos Lessios, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama (Postdoctoral Advisor), Thomas Petes, Duke (Graduate Advisor), Garriet Smith, University of South Carolina, Aiken (Undergraduate), Jim Hoch, Scripps Research Institute

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