(* denotes undergraduate co-author, # denotes graduate co-author)

Plough L.V., Stence C., Bunch A., Fitzgerald C. Development of an eDNA assay for monitoring and conservation of Atlantic Sturgeon. Planned submission to Trans. Amer. Fish. Soc.

Plough, L.V., Fitzgerald C., Rhodes, A., Pierson J.P. Transcriptomic analysis of cryptic lineages of the copepod Acartia tonsa. In prep.

*Scharping B., Plough L.V., North E., Meritt D. Salinity Tolerance of Early-Stage Oyster Larvae in the Choptank River, Chesapeake Bay, USA. J. In revision, Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser.

Plough L.V., Marchant S., Moran A., Marko P. The power and peril of population genomics: assessing gene flow in a trans-tropically distributed marine species. In revision, Sci. Rep.

#Thomas L.L., Plough L.V. The effect of aquaculture gear on the growth and shape off th oysters Crassostrea virginica during a finishing period in Chesapeake Bay USA. In review, Aquaculture.

#Hornick K.M., Plough, L.V., Examining genetic diversity in a large-scale eastern oyster restoration program: effects of hatchery propagation and characterization of effective population size on wild and restored reefs. In revision, Heredity.




Plough L.V., Ogburn M.B., #Fitzgerald C., Geranio R., Marafino G.A., Richie K.D., 2018b. Environmental DNA analysis of River herring in Chesapeake Bay: a powerful tool for monitoring of a threatened keystone species. Plos One 13(11): e020557

Plough L.V., #Fitzgerald C., *Plummer A., Pierson J.J., 2018a. Reproductive isolation and morphological divergence between cryptic lineages of the copepod Acartia tonsa in Chesapeake Bay. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 597: 99-113

Plough L.V., 2018. Fine-scale temporal analysis of genotype-dependent mortality at settlement in the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 501: 90-98




Plough, L.V., 2017. Population-genomic analysis of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus using genotyping-by-sequencing. J. Shellfish Res., 36(1):249-261. Link

Place A.R., Plough L.V., 2017. Genetic enablement of the Blue crab.  J. Shellfish Res. 36(1):1-3. Link




Plough, L.V., 2016. Genetic load in marine animals: a review. Curr. Zool. 62: 567-579. Link

Plough, L.V., Shin, G., and D. Hedgecock 2016. Genetic inviability is a major driver of type III survivorship in experimental families of a highly fecund marine bivalve. Mol. Ecol. 25(4): 895910.




Plough, L.V., A. Moran, and P. Marko 2014. Density drives polyandry and relatedness influences paternal success in the Gooseneck barnacle, Pollicipes elegans. BMC Evol. Biol. 14: 81

Plough L.V. and P Marko 2014 Characterization of microsatellites and repeat density in the Gooseneck barnacle, Pollicipes elegans, using next generation sequencing. J. Hered 105(1): 136-142.




Plough, L.V. 2012. Environmental stress increases selection against and dominance of deleterious mutations in inbred families of the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas. Molecular Ecology 21(16): 3974-3987.

Derr, J.N., P.W. Hedrick, N.D. Halbert, L. Plough, L. K Dobson, J. King, C. Duncan, D. L. Hunter, N. D. Cohen, & D. Hedgecock. 2012. Phenotypic effects of cattle mitochondrial DNA in American Bison. Conservation Biology, 26(6): 1130-1136.

Plough, L.V. and D. Hedgecock, 2011. QTL analysis of stage-specific inbreeding depression in the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas. Genetics 189(4): 1473–1486.