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Susan Carney

Susan Carney

Associate Professor of Biology

Tel: 301-696-3648
Office: Hodson Science & Technology Center, Room 148


  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Muhlenberg College

Courses taught

  • BIOL 114 Biodiversity: Past, Present, and Future
  • BIOL 140 Biology of Symbiosis
  • BIOL 201 Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL 202 Physiology of Plants and Animals laboratory
  • BIOL 316 Genetics
  • BIOL 397B Evolution
  • BIOL 470 Biology Senior Seminar
  • ENV 526B Genetic Methods for Analysis of Populations
  • ENV 502 Principles of Ecology
  • ENV 513 Marine Ecology


Sue Carney, associate professor of biology, teaches courses in genetics, evolution, introductory and graduate biology, and environmental science. Her background is in ecological genetics, and she has published several research papers describing various uses of genetics for investigating individual and population level variation related to different environments.

Research and teaching interests

I am interested in using genetics as a tool to investigate questions related to conservation, evolution, and the adaptation of individuals and populations in ecological systems. At Penn State, I studied genetics and gene expression analysis of deep-sea hydrothermal vent tubeworms and hydrocarbon seep mussels. As a postdoctoral scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory, I worked on projects involving conservation genetics of the Florida manatee. Here at Hood, undergraduate and graduate students and I continue to work on a diversity of projects involving manatees, stingrays, crayfish, and other invertebrates within local freshwater, estuarine, and marine systems, all with the goal of understanding how individuals and populations adapt to their environments at the genetic level.

Selected publications

  • Cowart, D.A., Huang, C., Arnaud-Haond, S., Carney, S.L., Fisher, C.R., and Schaeffer, S.W. 2013 Restriction to large-scale gene flow vs. regional panmixia among cold seep Escarpia spp. (Polychaeta, Siboglinidae). Molecular Ecology 22:4147-62.
  • Buonaccorsi, V.P., Grove, D., Praul, C, Sakk, E., Stuart, A.,Tobin, T., Hosler, J., Carney, S.L., Engle, M.J.,  Overton, B.E., Newman, J., Pizzorno, M., Powell, J., Trun, N., and M.J. Boyle.  2011. GCAT-SEEKquence: Genome Consortium for Active Teaching of undergraduates through increased faculty access to next generation SEEKquencing data.  Cell Biology-Life Sciences Education 10: 342-345.
  • Tringali, M.D., Seyoum, S., Carney, S.L., Davis, M., Rodriguez-Lopez, M.A., Reynolds, J.E., III., and Haubold, E. 2007. Eighteen new microsatellite DNA markers for the endangered Florida manatee. Molecular Ecology Resources 8: 328-331.
  • Carney, S.L., Bolen, E.E., Barton, S.L., Scolardi, K.M., Englund, C.C., Tringali, M.D., and Reynolds, J.E. III. 2007. A minimally invasive method of field sampling for genetic analyses of the Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris. Marine Mammal Science 23: 967-975.
  • Cordes, E. E., Carney, S. L., Hourdez, S., Carney, R., Brooks, J. M., and Fisher, C. R. 2007. Cold seeps of the deep Gulf of Mexico (1900 to 3300 m): Community structure and biogeographic comparisons to Atlantic Equatorial Belt seep communities. Deep-Sea Research I 54: 637-653.
  • Carney, S.L., Flores, J.F., Orobona, K.M., Butterfield, D.A., Fisher, C.R., and Schaeffer, S.W. 2007. Environmental differences in hemoglobin gene expression in the hydrothermal vent tubeworm, Ridgeia piscesae. Comp Biochem Physiol Pt B. 146: 326-337.
  • Carney, S.L., Formica, M.I., Divatia, H., Nelson, K., Fisher, C.R. and Schaeffer, S.W. 2006. Population structure of the mussel, Bathymodiolus childressi, from Gulf of Mexico hydrocarbon seeps. Deep Sea Res I 53: 1061-1072.