Research in the Burge Lab is motivated by fundamental questions in disease ecology as well as disease management strategies in a changing ocean. Disease is a natural part of healthy marine ecosystems, however the number and severity of marine diseases is increasing and has been linked to climate warming and other anthropogenic factors. We often have a poor understanding of causative agents and infection dynamics. This baseline information is critical to assess the synergisms between human drivers and disease outbreaks, and ultimately better manage disease. Disease emergence and epizootics have the capacity to alter both natural and aquaculture-based systems. We focus on marine host-pathogen-environment interactions including disease ecology, organismal physiology and immunology, and development of disease diagnostics.