|2013 - Present||Professor, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Department of Biological Sciences|
|July 2018 - 2019||Professor, MS Biology Program Academic Coordinator, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Department of Biological Sciences|
|July 2007 - July 2013||Associate Professor, MS Biology Academic Coordinator, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography|
|July 1998 - June 2007||Assistant Scientist, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Inc|
|September 1997 - September 2007||Adjunct Faculty, Indian River Community College|
Honors and Awards
- 2018-2019 Professor of the Year
- 2018-2019 Nova Southeastern University President's Distinguished Professor Award of Excellence
|September 1990 - May 1995||PhD - Environmental Biology & Public Policy; Molecular Evolution, George Mason University|
|January 1985 - April 1988||M.Sc - Biological Sciences, Florida State University|
|September 1980 - December 1984||B.S. - Applied Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology|
Jose V. Lopez
Department of Biological Sciences
Journal articles written or co-written by Dr. Jose V. Lopez
Microbial Community Shift Under Exposure of Dredged Sediments From a Eutrophic Bay Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2020)
Microbial communities occur in almost every habitat. To evaluate the homeostasis disruption of in situ microbiomes, dredged sediments from Guanabara Bay-Brazil (GB) were mixed with sediments from outside of the bay (D) in three different ...
Detecting Personal Microbiota Signatures at Artificial Crime Scenes Forensic Science International (2020)
When mapped to the environments we interact with on a daily basis, the 36 million microbial cells per hour that humans emit leave a trail of evidence that can be leveraged for forensic analysis. We ...
Host Population Genetics and Biogeography Structure the Microbiome of the Sponge Cliona delitrix Ecology and Evolution (2020)
Sponges occur across diverse marine biomes and host internal microbial communities that can provide critical ecological functions. While strong patterns of host specificity have been observed consistently in sponge microbiomes, the precise ecological relationships between ...
Gut Microbiome Diversity Is Associated with Sleep Physiology in Humans PLoS One (2019)
The human gut microbiome can influence health through the brain-gut-microbiome axis. Growing evidence suggests that the gut microbiome can influence sleep quality. Previous studies that have examined sleep deprivation and the human gut microbiome have ...
Diverse deep-sea anglerfishes share a genetically reduced luminous symbiont that is acquired from the environment eLife (2019)
Deep-sea anglerfishes are relatively abundant and diverse, but their luminescent bacterial symbionts remain enigmatic. The genomes of two symbiont species have qualities common to vertically transmitted, host-dependent bacteria. However, a number of traits suggest that ...
Characterization of the microbiome and bioluminescent symbionts across life stages of ceratioid anglerfishes of the gulf of mexico FEMS Microbiology Ecology (2019)
The interdependence of diverse organisms through symbiosis reaches even the deepest parts of the oceans. As part of the DEEPEND project (deependconsortium.org) research on deep Gulf of Mexico biodiversity, we profiled the bacterial communities (‘microbiomes’) ...
Inevitable Future: Space Colonization Beyond Earth with Microbes First FEMS Microbiology Ecology (2019)
Based on modern microbiology, we propose a major revision in current space exploration philosophy and planetary protection policy, especially regarding microorganisms in space. Mainly, microbial introduction should not be considered accidental but inevitable. We hypothesize ...
Multiple Facets of Marine Invertebrate Conservation Genomics Annual Review of Animal Biosciences (2019)
Conservation genomics aims to preserve the viability of populations and the biodiversity of living organisms. Invertebrate organisms represent 95% of animal biodiversity; however, few genomic resources currently exist for the group. The subset of marine ...
Depth-Dependent Environmental Drivers of Microbial Plankton Community Structure in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Frontiers in Microbiology (2019)
The Gulf of Mexico (GoM) is a dynamic marine ecosystem influenced by multiple natural and anthropogenic processes and inputs, such as the intrusion of warm oligotrophic water via the Loop Current, freshwater and nutrient input ...
Ongoing Transposon-Mediated Genome Reduction in the Luminous Bacterial Symbionts of Deep-Sea Ceratioid Anglerfishes mBio (2018)
Diverse marine fish and squid form symbiotic associations with extracellular bioluminescent bacteria. These symbionts are typically free-living bacteria with large genomes, but one known lineage of symbionts has undergone genomic reduction and evolution of host ...
Fine grained compositional analysis of Port Everglades Inlet microbiome using high throughput DNA sequencing PeerJ (2018)
Background Similar to natural rivers, manmade inlets connect inland runoff to the ocean. Port Everglades Inlet (PEI) is a busy cargo and cruise ship port in South Florida, which can act as a source of ...
Culture-Independent Characterization of the Microbiome of Healthy Pulp Journal of Endodontics (2018)
Introduction: Advances in culture-independent molecular biotechnologies have driven a greater appreciation for the function of mutualistic microorganisms in the maintenance of states of health in humans. The purpose of this study was to test the ...
Is There a Link between Aging and Microbiome Diversity in Exceptional Mammalian Longevity? PeerJ (2018)
A changing microbiome has been linked to biological aging in mice and humans, suggesting a possible role of gut flora in pathogenic aging phenotypes. Many bat species have exceptional longevity given their body size and ...
The Application of Novel Research Technologies by the Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) Consortium Marine Technology Society Journal (2018)
The deep waters of the open ocean represent a major frontier in exploration and scientific understanding. However, modern technological and computational tools are making the deep ocean more accessible than ever before by facilitating increasingly ...
Bleaching Events Regulate Shifts from Corals to Excavating Sponges in Algae-Dominated Reefs Global Change Biology (2017)
Changes in coral–sponge interactions can alter reef accretion/erosion balance and are important to predict trends on current algal-dominated Caribbean reefs. Although sponge abundance is increasing on some coral reefs, we lack information on how shifts ...
Cooperation and Competition Shape Ecological Resistance During Periodic Spatial Disturbance of Engineered Bacteria Scientific Reports (2017)
Cooperation is fundamental to the survival of many bacterial species. Previous studies have shown that spatial structure can both promote and suppress cooperation. Most environments where bacteria are found are periodically disturbed, which can affect ...
Advancing Genomics Through the Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA) Invertebrate Systematics (2017)
The Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA), a collaborative network of diverse scientists, marked its second anniversary with a workshop in Munich, Germany in 2015, where international attendees focused on discussing current progress, milestones and bioinformatics ...
Evolution of Group I Introns in Porifera: New Evidence for Intron Mobility and Implications for DNA Barcoding BMC Evolutionary Biology (2017)
BackgroundMitochondrial introns intermit coding regions of genes and feature characteristic secondary structures and splicing mechanisms. In metazoans, mitochondrial introns have only been detected in sponges, cnidarians, placozoans and one annelid species. Within demosponges, group I ...
Diversity, Structure and Convergent Evolution of the Global Sponge Microbiome Nature Communications (2016)
Sponges (phylum Porifera) are early-diverging metazoa renowned for establishing complex microbial symbioses. Here we present a global Porifera microbiome survey, set out to establish the ecological and evolutionary drivers of these host–microbe interactions.We show that ...
Fish-T1K (Transcriptomes of 1,000 Fishes) Project: Large-Scale Transcriptome Data for Fish Evolution Studies GigaScience (2016)
Ray-finned fishes (Actinopterygii) represent more than 50 % of extant vertebrates and are of great evolutionary, ecologic and economic significance, but they are relatively underrepresented in ‘omics studies. Increased availability of transcriptome data for these ...
Population Structure and Dispersal of the Coral-Excavating Sponge Cliona delitrix Molecular Ecology (2015)
Some excavating sponges of the genus Cliona compete with live reef corals, often killing and bioeroding entire colonies. Important aspects affecting distribution of these species, such as dispersal capability and population structure, remain largely unknown. ...
Dynamics of Marine Bacterial Community Diversity of the Coastal Waters of the Reefs, Inlets, and Wastewater Outfalls of Southeast Florida Microbiology Open (2015)
Coastal waters adjacent to populated southeast Florida possess different habitats (reefs, oceanic inlets, sewage outfalls) that may affect the composition of their inherent microbiomes. To determine variation according to site, season, and depth, over the ...
The Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA): Developing Community Resources to Study Diverse Invertebrate Genomes Journal of Heredity (2014)
Over 95% of all metazoan (animal) species comprise the “invertebrates,” but very few genomes from these organisms have been sequenced. We have, therefore, formed a “Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance” (GIGA). Our intent is to build ...
Patterns of Population Structure for Inshore Bottlenose Dolphins along the Eastern United States Journal of Heredity (2013)
Globally distributed, the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is found in a range of offshore and coastal habitats. Using 15 microsatellite loci and mtDNA control region sequences, we investigated patterns of genetic differentiation among putative populations ...