Ian Hewson

Associate Professor
Microbiology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Contact Information

403 Wing Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 255-0151

Ian Hewson

Associate Professor
Microbiology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Expertise
Marine ecology; marine and freshwater viral diversity and ecology; role of viruses in aquatic biogeochemistry and biodiversity; mortality of marine microorganisms, zooplankton and benthic organisms; viral discovery.

Current Research Interest
Ecology of single-stranded DNA viruses and their role in disease; role of disease in ecosystem function; gene expression responses of invertebrates to viral infection; discovery of novel viruses infecting aquatic invertebrates.

Selected Publications
Gudenkauf, Brent M. and Ian Hewson. “Comparative Metagenomics of Viral Assemblages Inhabiting Four Phyla of Marine Invertebrates.” Frontiers in Microbiology (2016).

Hewson, Ian, Jason B. Button, Brent M. Gudenkauf, Benjamin Miner, Alice L. Newton, Joseph K. Gaydos, Janna Wynne, Cathy L. Groves, Gordon Hendler, Michael Murray, Steven Fradkin, Mya Breitbart, Elizabeth Fahsbender, Kevin D. Lafferty, A. Marm Kilpatrick, C. Melissa Miner, Peter Raimondi, Lesanna Lahner, Carolyn S. Friedman, Stephen Daniels, Martin Haulena, Jeffrey Marliave, Colleen A. Burge, Morgan E. Eisenlord, and C. Drew Harvell. “Densovirus Associated with Sea-Star Wasting Disease and Mass Mortality.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (2014): 17278-17283.

Cornell Research Website Video
Solving the Starfish Mystery