Smith lab and colleagues publish new paper looking at microbes on coral reefs

Global microbialization of coral reefs Abstract: Microbialization refers to the observed shift in ecosystem trophic structure towards higher microbial biomass and energy use. On coral reefs, the proximal causes of microbialization are overfishing and eutrophication, both of which facilitate enhanced growth of fleshy algae, conferring a competitive advantage over calcifying corals and coralline algae. The proposed mechanism for this competitive … Read More

12th International Coral Reef Symposium 2012 – Cairns Australia

Good day mate! The Smith Lab s traveling to the great “Downunder” to participate in the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS). They will be joining approximately 2,500 scientists, conservationists, and educators to discuss the latest news and technology about coral reefs.

New Ocean Acidification Sensor Installed at Scripps!

Members of the Smith Lab head the effort to install Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s (SIO) first ocean acidification monitoring system. This monitoring system will provide essential data that will allow researchers to monitor changes in ocean chemistry over time and help them better understand the effects of these changes to local marine ecosystems.

Smith Lab Members Publish New Papers!

Andi Haas, Nichole Price, both post docs in the Smith lab, and Dr. Jennifer Smith have recently published a paper in PLosOne and another in Marine Ecology Progress Series, about their research on coral reefs, microbes, and DOC.

Notes from the field: In The Lab

Andi with samples

This is a blog post by Andi Haas, a PhD student in our lab, following the other side of field research. While the majority of the lab is on a field cruise, generating data for future scientific publications, others are still working in the lab, processing samples collected on the last field trip and preparing for the next. Working in … Read More