Katherine Silliman

Katherine Silliman, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division

4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

Dr. Katherine Silliman joined AOML’s Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division in February 2023 as a Research Scientist with the Northern Gulf Institute. She works with Dr. Luke Thompson to create bioinformatics workflows, develop best practices for ‘omics data management, and analyze marine environmental DNA datasets from the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. Prior to joining AOML, she worked on developing and applying ‘omic methods for conservation and fisheries management across the southeastern United States. Her Ph.D. research at the University of Chicago focused on population and functional genomics of Olympia oysters.

Current Work

Research 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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