Susan Carney

Susan Carney
  • Undergraduate Faculty
  • Graduate Faculty

Associate Professor of Biology

Program Director, Master's in Environmental Biology

Hodson Science and Technology Center, Room 148


Having attended a small liberal arts college myself, I appreciate the close interactions I can have with students in a similar setting at Hood. I teach courses in genetics, evolution and ecology at all levels, from introductory undergraduate to graduate. In the lab, I use genetics as a tool to investigate questions related to conservation, evolution and population ecology. At Penn State, I studied genetics and gene expression analysis of deep-sea tubeworms and 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 anemones, cownose rays, crayfish and other invertebrates within local freshwater, estuarine and marine systems, all with the goal of understanding how individuals in populations adapt to, and are affected by, their environments. Students have also worked with me to identify the sources of fecal contaminants in local waterways using microbial source tracking and to gain a different perspective on community ecology and species’ presence in local waters using eDNA (environmental DNA) methods.


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

Selected publications

(*denotes undergraduate author, **denotes graduate student author)

Ellison, M.A.*, Ferrier, M.D, and Carney, S.L. 2017. Salinity stress results in differential Hsp70 expression in the Exaiptasia pallida and Symbiodinium symbiosis. Marine Environmental Research 132, 63-67.

Carney, S.L., McVeigh, D.M.**, Moss, J.*, Morrissey, J.F., and Ferrier, M.D. 2017. Insights on mitochondrial  genetic variation in Chesapeake Bay summer resident Cownose Rays. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 146(3):478-484. DOI:10.1080/00028487.2017.1285350

Seyoum, S., Barthel, B.L.,Tringali, M.D., and Carney, S.L. 2013.  Phylogenetic relationships among four western Atlantic Cynoscion species based on DNA Sequences from 11 nuclear Introns, two mitochondrial genes, and genotypes from 32 microsatellite markers. Gulf of Mexico Science 31(1-2): 40-49.

Cowart, D.A., Huang, C., Arnaud-Haond, S., Carney, S.L., Fisher, C.R., Schaeffer, S.W. 2013. Restriction to large- scale gene flow vs. regional panmixia among cold seep Escarpia spp. (Polychaeta, Siboglinidae). Molecular Ecology 22(16): 4147-62.  doi:10.1111/mec.12379

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. doi:10.1187/cbe.11-08-0065

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.  doi:10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.01944.x

Olu-Le Roy, K., Cosel, R. von, Hourdez, S., Carney, S.L. and Jollivet, D. 2007. Amphi-Atlantic cold-seep Bathymodiolus complexes of species across the equatorial belt. Deep Sea Research I 54: 1890-1911. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2007.07.004

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.  doi:10.1111/j.1748-7692.2007.00155.x

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. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B 146: 326-337. doi:10.1016/j.cbpb.2006.11.002

Brand, G.L., Horak, R.V, Le Bris, N, Goffredi, S.K., Carney, S.L., Govenar, B.W. and P.H. Yancey. 2007. Hypotaurine and thiotaurine as indicators of sulfide exposure in bivalves and vestimentiferans from hydrothermal vents and cold seeps. Marine Ecology 28: 1-11.  doi:10.1111/j.1439-0485.2006.00113.x

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. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2007.01.001

Carney, S.L., Formica, M.I.**, Divatia, H.**, Nelson, K., Fisher, C.R. and Schaeffer, S.W. 2006.  Population structure of the mussel, “Bathymodioluschildressi, from Gulf of Mexico hydrocarbon seeps. Deep Sea Research I 53: 1061-1072. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2006.03.002