Collaborated on a paper (Klinges et al., 2019) with a detailed identification of a microbe that is likely a significant threat to corals. ScienceNews describes how this shapes what we know about coral disease:
Astrangia made the evening news, on an especially gorgeous day in the field. And wow, that drone!! Thanks, TJ DelSanto from WPRI News - check out the spot here.
NSF collaborative EPSCoR grant funded, supporting research on viral-bacterial interactions in a variety of aquatic ecosystems, including within the temperate coral Astrangia poculata and local picoplankton (in RWU Professor Dr. Marcia Marston's lab).
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is enthusiastic about Astrangia research: he mentioned it as a study organism that will be valuable for addressing the timely issue of climate change, speaking at the launch of the new Rhode Island Shellfish Initiative. He even put an A. poculata skeleton (a gift from Koty) in the time capsule!
Providence Journal highlights our work with Astrangia and how we can translate our findings to understanding resilience in corals and coral microbiomes - see the article here.
EcoRI covered our work on Astrangia and microplastics pollution, in collaboration with Dr. Randi Rotjan, Dr. Sean Grace, and Dr. Juanita Urban-Rich. Article here.
Christian Science Monitor article discussing the role that coral microbiomes can play in resilience to climate change and other threats to tropical corals.