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Dr. Maria Rodgers with loggerhead turtle

Dr. Maria Rodgers

Maria L. Rodgers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Center for Marine Sciences and Technology
303 College Circle
Morehead City, NC 28557

P: 252.222.6376

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Immunotoxicology and comparative immunology in coastal and marine organisms.

Professional Experience & Qualifications

  • BS in Marine Science and Biology at the University of Miami
  • PhD in Biological Sciences at Clemson University

Research Area

This research group broadly studies immunotoxicology and comparative immunology in coastal and marine organisms. They are especially interested in multistressor scenarios that capture the realities of what organisms contend with in their environments.

Active research includes:

  • PFAS in the Long Island Sound
  • Multistressor impacts on fish immunity
  • Humoral immune responses in sea turtles
  • Intestine/immune/microbiome nexus


Andrea Landaverde

Andrea, originally from El Salvador, is a PhD student in the Biology program. She earned her BS in Environmental Sciences from Zamorano University, and her MS degree in Environmental Toxicology from Clemson University. Prior to joining the Rodgers lab, Andrea worked as a marine technician at the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve and as a management scientist with The Nature Conservancy. Besides scuba diving, Andrea loves hiking, yoga, and spending time with her friends and family.