Lisa M. Calvo
Marine Scientist/Aquaculture Extension Program Coordinator
(856) 785-0074 x4302
Mailing Address:
  Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
  6959 Miller Avenue
  Port Norris, NJ 08349 USA


M.A. 1991 College of William and Mary
B.A. 1984 University of Delaware

Research Interests

My most recent work at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory’s focuses on outreach and education through a community-based oyster restoration project—Project PORTS: Promoting Oyster Restoration Through Schools. Project PORTS provides elementary through high school students the opportunity to participate in a “real-world” oyster restoration project and learn about the importance of oyster populations in the Delaware Bay ecosystem.

My research interests center on diseases of shellfish with a particular emphasis on the role of environmental factors in regulating disease dynamics.

Current Projects

• Project PORTS: Promoting Oyster Restoration Through Schools, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Delaware Estuary Watershed Grants Program.

• Project PORTS: Promoting Oyster Restoration Through Schools—Shell Recycling for Oyster Habitat. Cumberland County Improvement Authority.

Selected Publications

Calvo, L.M., J. Kraeuter, G. Flimlin, J. Myers. 2013.  New Jersey Shellfish Aquaculture Situation & Outlook Report.  2012 Shellfish Aquaculure Survey Results. 9p.

Ragone Calvo, L.M., S.E. Ford, J..N. Kraeuter, D.F. Leavitt, R. Smolowitz, and E.M. Burreson. 2007. Influence of host genetic origin and geographic location on QPX disease in hard clams, Mercenaria mercenaria. Journal of Shellfish Research. 26(1):109-119.

Audemard, C., L.M. Ragone Calvo, K.T. Paynter, K.S. Reece and E.M. Burreson. 2006. Real-time PCR investigation of parasite ecology: in situ determination of the oyster parasite Perkinsus marinus transmission dynamics in the lower Chesapeake Bay. Parasitology. 132:827-842.

Ragone Calvo, L.M., G. W. Calvo, and E. M. Burreson. 2003. Dual disease resistance in a selectively bred eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica, strain tested in Chesapeake Bay. Aquaculture. 220(1-4):69-87.

Ragone Calvo, LM., C. F. Dungan, B. S. Roberson and E. M. Burreson. 2003.  A systematic evaluation of factors controlling Perkinsus marinus transmission dynamics in the lower Chesapeake Bay. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 56:75-86.

Stokes, N.A., L.M. Ragone Calvo, K. S. Reece, and E. M. Burreson. 2002. Molecular diagnostics, field validation, and phylogenetic analysis of Quahog Parasite Unknown (QPX), a pathogen of the hard clam Mercenaria mercenaria. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 52:233-247.

Ragone Calvo, L.M., R.L. Wetzel, E.M. Burreson.  2001. Development and verification of a model for the population dynamics of the protistan parasite Perkinsus marinus within its host, the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica in Chesapeake Bay. Journal of Shellfish Research 20(1): 231-241.

Ragone Calvo, L.M. and J.G. Walker and E.M. Burreson. 1998. Prevalence and distribution of QPX, Quahog Parasite Unknown, in hard clams, Mercenaria mercenaria in Virginia.  Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 33:209-219.

Anderson, R.S., L.L. Brubacher, L.M. Ragone Calvo, E.M. Burreson and M.A. Unger. 1998. Effect of in vitro exposure to tributyltin and hypoxia on the progression of Perkinsus marinus infections and host defense mechanism in oysters, Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin). Journal of Fish Diseases 21:371-380.

Burreson, E.M. and L. Ragone Calvo. 1996. Epizootiology of Perkinsus marinus  disease of oysters in Chesapeake Bay, with emphasis on data since 1985. Journal of Shellfish Research Special Publication. Journal of Shellfish Research. 15(1):17-34.

Ragone Calvo, L. and E. M. Burreson. 1994.  Characterization of overwintering infections of Perkinsus marinus (Apicomplexa) in Chesapeake Bay oysters.  Journal of Shellfish Research 13(1):123–130.

Ragone, L. M. and E. M. Burreson. 1993.  Effect of salinity on infection progression and pathogenicity of Perkinsus marinus in the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin).  Journal of Shellfish Research. 12(1):1–7.

Courses Taught

Project PORTS Workshop for Educators

[Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory]