Mary A. Hood

Mary A. Hood is the author of The Strangler Fig and Other Tales (2004 Altamira-Rowman & Littlefield), RiverTime: Ecotravels on the World’s Rivers (2008 SUNY Press), and Walking Seasonal Roads (2012 Syracuse University Press.) She has published several collections of poetry, articles on conservation and the environment, and served as poet laureate of Pensacola, Fl.  

As a microbial ecologist at The University of West Florida, she worked with students and in collaboration with colleagues to make a number of discoveries, notably was the first isolation of the cholera bacterium from Gulf Coast seafood in 1980 and with subsequent studies showed how the organism can survive and even thrive in estuarine environments.

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