As part of large group, lab members Ashton, Brett and Andrew have been exploring some of the challenges in identifying causal agents of disease affecting coral populations. The host species is elkhorn coral, which has been experiencing alarming declines in recent times. These studies help to develop surveillance, diagnostic and modeling approaches to learn as much as we can about this important reef-building coral species.
- Joyner et al. 2015, Applied Environmental Microbiology, “Systematic analysis of white pox disease in Acropora palmata of the Florida Keys and the role of Serratia marcescens“
- Sutherland et al. 2016, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B, “Shifting white pox etiologies affecting Acropora palmata in the Florida Keys, 1994-2014“