This study, funded by Florida's Department of Envronmental Protection, will provide a fundamental understanding of O. faveolata’s holobiont at genetic, morphological, biochemical and molecular scales across three time points. The team will identify differences in endosymbionts, genotypes, metabolites, microbes, biological pathways, immune responses, and histopathology. These differences will provide direction for future research to better identify SCTLD, understand the drivers behind intraspecies resistance variation, develop further disease treatment, and encourage restoration strategies. The outcomes of this project will be incorporated into an on-going coral disease response effort which seeks to improve understanding of the scale and severity of the coral disease outbreak on Florida’s Coral Reef. By identifying primary and secondary causes, researchers can create management strategies to remediate disease impacts, restore affected resources and, ultimately, prevent future outbreaks.
Our lab will be taking on the genotyping and microbe work with Allie Klein taking a lead on the analyses as part of her Master’s Thesis. All of the corals fromt he first time point have been collected and are ready for our 2bRAD and mRNA analysis pipelines.
Brian K. Walker, Research Scientist II, Nova Southeastern University
Andrew C. Baker, Associate Professor, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Neha Garg, Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech University
Julie L. Meyer, Assistant Professor, University of Florida
Karen Neely, Research Scientist, Nova Southeastern University
Valerie J. Paul, Director, Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Nikki Traylor-Knowles, Assistant Professor, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Joshua D. Voss, Associate Research Professor, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University
Aine Hawthorne, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Postgraduate Research Fellow
Cheryl M. Woodley, NOAA NOS NCCOS, Coral Health and Disease Program Manager
Thierry Work, Project leader, USGS National Wildlife Health Center Honolulu Field Station