Susan Ford

In memoriam

The Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory lost a beloved faculty member, researcher, mentor, colleague and friend on December 5, 2017 when Susan E. Ford lost a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Susan began her professional career working as a lab technician under Harold (Doc) Haskin in 1966. She left the lab in 1978, returning several years later with a doctorate in hand. She joined the faculty and was tenured in 1990. She "retired" in 2002, but retained her office at the lab as Emeritus Professor until 2014 and continued working with faculty, staff and students until her death.
Susan left an indelible mark on many at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, at Rutgers and beyond. She was a leading shellfish pathologist, garnering recognition from colleagues, regulators and industry leaders around the world. Her steadfast commitment to excellence in science, with a pleasant touch of camaraderie, guided and benefited many. In 2012, the National Shellfisheries Association made her an Honored Life Member and detailed her career in an article in the Journal of Shellfish Research. She leaves behind a legacy of professional accomplishments that will serve the field for decades to come. For those who had the opportunity to know her, it is her friendship, guidance and mentoring that will be missed most.
Susan was a strong supporter of students and their development into critical thinkers, whether or not they continued to pursue careers in shellfish pathology or even in science. If you wish to honor that legacy, please consider a donation to the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory Student Support Fund. After clicking the link, and entering an amount, please be sure to specify "Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory Student Support Fund". Expand the last section to name a tribute "In memory" of "Susan Ford" (no need to enter the notification information - Susan Ford donations will trigger notice to her family). If you wish to donate by check, please make it payable to the "Rutgers University Foundation" and send it to the following address:
      Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
      6959 Miller Avenue
      Port Norris, NJ 08349
      ATTN: David Bushek
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Selected Publications

Ross, A. C., R. G. Najjar, M. Li, M. E. Mann, S. E. Ford, & B. Katz. (2015). Influences on decadal-scale variations of salinity in a coastal plain estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 157, 79-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2015.01.022

Munroe, D. M., E. N. Powell, S. E. Ford, E. E. Hofmann, & J. M. Klinck. (2015). Consequences of asymmetric selection pressure and larval dispersal on the evolution of disease resistance; a metapopulation modeling study with oysters. Molecular Ecology, 531, 221-239. DOI: 10.3354/meps11349

He, Y., A. Jouaux, S. E. Ford, C. Lelong, P. Sourdaine, M. Mathieu, & X. Guo. (2015). Transcriptome analysis reveals strong and complex antiviral response in a mollusc. Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 46 (1), 131-144.
DOI: 10.1016/j.fsi.2015.05.023

Burge, C. A., C. M. Eakin, C. S. Friedman, B. Froelich, P. K. Hershberger, E. E. Hofmann, L. E. Petes, K. C. Prager, E. Weil, B. L. Willis, S. E. Ford, & C. D. Harvell. (2014). Climate change influences on marine infectious diseases: Implications for management and society. Annual Review of Marine Science, 6, 249-277.
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-marine-010213-135029

Paillard, C., F. Jean, S. E. Ford, E. N. Powell, J. M. Klinck, E. E. Hofmann, & J. Flye-Sainte-Marie. (2014). A theoretical individual-based model of Brown Ring Disease in Manila clams, Venerupes philippinarum. Journal of Sea Research, 91, 15-34.
DOI: 10.1016/j.seares.2014.03.005

Ford, S. E., & D. Bushek. (2012). Development of resistance to an introduced marine pathogen by a native host. Journal of Marine Research, 70 (2-3), 205-223.
DOI: 10.1357/002224012802851922

Ford, S. E., E. Scarpa, & D. Bushek. (2012). Spatial and temporal variability of disease refuges in an estuary: Implications for the development of resistance. Journal of Marine Research, 70 (2-3), 253-277. DOI: 10.1357/002224012802851850

Wilbur, A., J. Gauthier, S. E. Ford, & M. Gomez-Chiarri. (2012). Quantitative PCR assay to determine prevalence and intensity of MSX (Haplosporidium nelsoni) in North Carolina and Rhode Island oysters Crassostrea virginica. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 102 (2), 107-118. DOI: 10.3354/dao02540

Elston, R. A., & S. E. Ford. Shellfish Diseases and Health Management. (2011). In S. E. Shumway (Ed.), Shellfish Aquaculture and the Environment (pp. 359-394). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9780470960967.ch13

Ford, S. E., B. Allam, & Z. Xu. (2009). Using bivalves as particle collectors with PCR detection to investigate the environmental distribution of Haplosporidium nelsoni. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 83 (2), 159-168. DOI: 10.3354/dao02018

Ford, S. E., V. M. Bricelj, C. Lambert, & C. Paillard. (2008). Deleterious effects of a nonPST bioactive compound(s) from Alexandrium tamarense on bivalve hemocytes. Marine Biology, 154 (2), 241-253. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-008-0917-z

Maloy, A .P., S. E. Ford, R. Karney, & K. J. Boettcher. (2007). Roseovarius crassostreae, the etiological agent of Juvenile Oyster Disease (now to be known as Roseovarius Oyster Disease) in Crassostrea virginica. Aquaculture, 269 (1-4), 71-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2007.04.008

Ford, S. E., & M. M. Chintala. (2006). Northward expansion of a marine parasite: Testing the role of temperature adaptation. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 339 (2), 226-235. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2006.08.004

Lafferty, K. D, J. A. Porter, & S. E. Ford. (2004). Are diseases increasing in the ocean? Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 35, 31-54.
DOI: 10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.35.021103.105704

Ford, S. E., M. M. Chintala, & D. Bushek. (2002). Comparison of in vitro-cultured and wild-type Perkinsus marinus. I. Pathogen virulence. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 51 (3), 187-201. DOI: 10.3354/dao051187

Ford, S. E., Z. Xu, & G. DeBrosse. (2001). Use of particle filtration and UV irradiation to prevent infection by Haplosporidium nelsoni (MSX) and Perkinsus marinus (Dermo) in hatchery-reared larval and juvenile oysters. Aquaculture, 194 (1-2), 37-49.
DOI: 10.1016/S0044-8486(00)00507-X

Ford, S. E., E. N. Powell, J. M. Klinck, & E. E. Hofmann. (1999). Modeling the MSX parasite in the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) populations. I. Model development, implementation, and verification. Journal of Shellfish Research, 18 (2), 475-500.

Ford, S. E.. (1996). Range extension by the oyster parasite Perkinsus marinus into the northeastern United States: Response to climate change? Journal of Shellfish Research, 15 (1), 45-56.

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