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Dr. Christina Kellogg of the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center was invited by the University of Miami Biology Department to present a virtual seminar on, “Coral Microbial Ecology: From snorkeling to submersibles.”


A woman wearing purple gloves sits on a cooler with a hose and a white bucket in a laboratory
Dr. Christina Kellogg works in the laboratory.

Dr. Christina Kellogg is a Research Microbiologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in Florida, leading a team specializing in coral microbial ecology. Her presentation at the University of Miami Biology Department on Monday, November 15 at 1pm ET will take students, faculty, and other academics through her research journey from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to diverse ecosystems in the deep sea.

Dr. Kellogg has been with the USGS for 20 years and is recognized internationally as an expert on microbiomes, corals, and deep-sea research and is active in shaping the direction of microbiome research in the U.S. Her work has spanned from visiting deep-sea habitats in submersibles to advance understanding of the biodiversity and resiliency of deep-sea ecosystems—important issues for informing energy development decisions—to investigating the causative agent of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) that has decimated coral cover throughout tropical reef ecosystems.

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