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Reef Lecture-Cuba's Hidden Treasures

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Join Dr Amy Apprill for this talk about the Gardens of the Queen coral reefs in Cuba

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Dr. Amy Apprill from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), will take us on an underwater adventure to the pristine coral reefs of Gardens of the Queen in southern Cuba with this online presentation. Learn about the unprecedented partnership between U.S. and Cuban scientists that studied these reefs and how we combined resources and training from our respective countries to present a holistic and technologically innovative view into this 'crown jewel' reef system of the northern Caribbean.

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Dr. Amy Apprill leads the Microbial Ecology for Ocean Conservation research laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Her research examines the contribution of microorganisms to the health and ecology of sensitive animals and ecosystems of the ocean. Examples of her research include using drones to examine the upper respiratory microbiome of large whales and founding a U.S.-Cuban collaborative study of microbial biodiversity on pristine Cuban coral reefs. Her lab partners with communication professionals to convey this science to public audiences. Dr. Apprill received a B.A. from the University of San Diego and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Hawaii.

In 2019, CCMI was awarded a grant from the US National Science Foundation, in collaboration with the WHOI. Dr. Amy Apprill (WHOI) and Dr. Carrie Manfrino (CCMI) are co-principal investigators on this grant, which will further explore the importance of the coral microbiome.

It is thought that the bacteria in this slimy mucous layer which coats coral plays a key role in resistance and resilience to corals facing pathogens and warmer ocean conditions. However, there are no quantitative methods available to track specific microbial lineages within coral microbiomes, thus limiting the ability to examine these concepts. This research project will improve capabilities to quantitatively measure and track just that, and this project will also create a network to share this information.

This event is free and open to everyone; donations to support our efforts to protect and restore coral reefs are appreciated. We invite you to join CCMI for this event, which is part of our 2020 Reef Lecture Series.

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