Katherine Silliman

Katherine Silliman, Ph.D.

Research Biologist, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division

4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

Katherine Silliman is the head of AOML’s ‘Omics Program. Her research focuses ondeveloping ‘omics applications and data pipelines for enhanced marine biodiversity monitoringto support fisheries research and ecosystem assessments. Prior to joining AOML, she workedon developing and applying ‘omic methods for conservation and fisheries management across the southeastern United States. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2013, then did her Ph.D. research at the University of Chicago on population and functional genomics of Olympia oysters.

Current Work

Lead scientist for the Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division’s ‘Omics program.

Create bioinformatics workflows, analyze marine environmental DNA and microbiome datasets, and develop NOAA’s bioinformatics capacity and workforce.

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22013 – 2019, Ph.D. PhD Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2009 – 2013, B.S. in Marine Science/Biology. University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

2009 – 2013, B.A. in Music (Tuba), University of Miami, Frost School of Music

  1. Curd, E.E., L. Gal, R. Gallego, K. Silliman, S. Nielsen, and Z. Gold. rCRUX: A rapid and versatile tool for generating metabarcoding reference libraries in R. Environmental DNA, 6:e489, https://doi.org/10.1002/edn3.489 2024
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  2. Bogan, S.N., J. Johns, J.S. Griffiths, D. Davenport, S.J. Smith, S.M. Schaal, R.N. Lou, K. Lotterhos, M.E. Guidry, H.E. Rivera, J.A. McGirr, J.B. Puritz, S.B. Roberts, and K. Silliman. A dynamic web resource for robust and reproducible genomics in nonmodel species: marineomics.io. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 14(11):2709-2716, https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.14219 2023
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