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Photo showing coral with dark spot diseaseNew USGS publication examines dark spot syndrome in starlet corals

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.

posted: 2014-10-15

Photo of extreme event threatening erosion of the coast in Carpinteria, California.USGS to Participate in Inter-Agency Sea-Level Rise Panel Discussion

USGS scientists Patrick Barnard (Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, California) and Nathaniel Plant (St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, Florida) will serve as subject matter experts in an Inter-Agency Sea-Level Rise Panel Discussion hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on October 16, 2014. During the past 10 years, multiple hurricanes have caused billions of dollars in damage and much human suffering. Climate change and sea-level rise have received much attention as the Nation strives for improved resiliency. FEMA Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Federal Coastal Partners are analyzing potential impacts of sea-level rise, and supporting disaster planning for coastal states and communities. Barnard and Plant will bring their expertise in sea-level rise forecasts to a discussion panel including members from FEMA, EPA, NOAA, and USACE. For more information, contact Patrick Barnard,, 831-460-7556.

posted: 2014-10-10

Photograph of the NOAA Fisheries SE Regional Office buildingUSGS Senior Scientist participates in NOAA strategic planning effort in St. Petersburg, Florida

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.

posted: 2014-10-08

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