USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Recent News - stories from the last 14 days.
An article published October 7, 2014, by USGS microbiologists Christina Kellogg and Michael Gray, examines one of the most prevalent coral diseases in the Caribbean, dark spot disease (also known as dark spot syndrome). In collaboration with scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, DNA microarrays, a technology that measures a large numbers of genes simultaneously, were used to compare bacterial communities between healthy and dark-spot coral colonies in Dry Tortugas National Park and Virgin Islands National Park. Overall, the findings do not support the hypothesis that dark spot in the massive starlet coral (Siderastrea siderea) is linked to a bacterial pathogen. The dataset does provide the most comprehensive overview to date of the bacterial community associated with this coral species.
USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) scientist, Dr. Lisa Robbins, was part of a fact-finding meeting initiated by NOAA Fisheries Southeast Science Center's long-term strategic planning effort on October 1. The goal of the meeting was to gather information about potential opportunities to expand the NOAA Center's science presence in St. Petersburg. The Mayor, other city leaders, and local marine science leaders met with NOAA Director of Southeast Fisheries Science Center Dr. Bonnie Ponwith; NOAA Fisheries Agency Project Manager Mr. John Gorman; and Ms. Julie Bassuk from MAKERS, an architecture-planning/urban design firm, to get a better understanding of marine science research in St. Petersburg, potential future research, and opportunities for synergy and collaboration with the Southeast Science Center. Robbins gave a 10-minute overview of SPMSC's mission and science focus, and emphasized areas of potential relevance to fisheries science. An open dialog followed; participants discussed major trends in fisheries and ocean science and how that will affect research in St Petersburg, opportunities to enhance partnerships, and collaboration and synergy with NOAA Fisheries.