International science outreach: Invited deep-sea presentation to UK

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SPCMSC Research Microbiologist Christina Kellogg has been invited to give a presentation about the Microbial Ecology of Deep-Sea Corals to the University of the Third Age (U3A) Science & Technology group in Devon, United Kingdom, as part of their seminar series on July 22, 2020.

A wall of Desmophyllum dianthus cup corals with bonus octopus neighbor.

A wall of Desmophyllum dianthus cup corals with bonus octopus neighbor. (Credit: Deepwater Canyons 2013 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS. Public domain.)

Dr. Kellogg conducts research to determine the baseline microbiomes of multiple species of deep-sea corals to provide key information on identification, biodiversity, ecology, and food web dynamics in deep-sea benthic communities to inform National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents and potential mitigations for renewable energy projects and oil and gas exploration by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. She uses a combination of microbiology and molecular biology techniques to derive this information.

The USGS DISCOVRE team (Diversity, Systematics and Connectivity of Vulnerable Reef Ecosystems) is made up of USGS scientists from across the nation, representing multiple research programs and disciplines. This integrated multi-disciplinary team examines components of microbiology, population genetics, paleoecology, food webs, taxonomy, community ecology, physical oceanography, seafloor characteristics, and submarine hazards. DISCOVRE relies on a network of partners from around the country and world, including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and academic institutions. Using innovative tools and technologies, USGS scientists implement a multi-faceted research program that weaves together expertise in a variety of disciplines to investigate deepwater reefs.

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