Southeast Ecological Science Center
The U.S. Geological Survey’s DISCOVRE project brings together a multi-disciplinary team to study the biology, ecology, and connectivity of deep-sea coral environments with the goal of providing the science necessary for their effective conservation and management.
This 5-year multidisciplinary research program will investigate hard bottom habitats, shipwrecks, and submarine canyons on the continental margin of the eastern United States off Virginia and Maryland. Investigators will examine the biological, chemical and physical oceanography in these areas to help understand the community structure, connectivity and trophodynamics of deep-sea ecosystems in submarine canyons.
Characterizing the community structure and food webs of deep-sea coral and seep invertebrates.
Identifying and characterizing microbial communities associated with corals, at the base of the soft-sediment food webs, and in biofilms on hard substrates.
Using long-lived black corals as archives to determine the climate and ocean chemistry over hundreds to thousands of years.
Using genetic tools to characterize local and regional patterns of deep reef connectivity.
By design, the USGS DISCOVRE project is integrated with larger regional efforts involving the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and academic institutions.
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>>> Stephanie Lawler won the 2014 George Lorton Fellowship from the University of South Florida (USF)'s College of Marine Science. Stephanie is pursuing a Master's of Science in Marine Science at the USF while working in the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center lab at USGS. Stephanie's research is focused on the microbial communities in deep-sea corals, specifically looking at the bacteria associated with Anthothela grandiflora from the east coast of the United States. (POC: Amanda Demopoulos, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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