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Dr. Suchi Gopal is Panelist for “The Journey to Confidence” session.

By Julia HammerOctober 30th, 2017
Dr. Suchi Gopal is Panelist for “The Journey to Confidence” session.
Society for Women in Marine Science (SWMS) Fall 2017: The 4th Annual SWMS Symposium, Friday, November 3, 2017, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Woods Hole, MA.
For full details on the symposium, visit

Special Seminar on Acropera White Syndrome Outbreaks in Indonesia

By Julia HammerSeptember 8th, 2017

Acropora White Syndrome Outbreaks in the North Coast of Java Sea, Indonesia

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ir. Agus Sabdono

 Sabdono, A.1,2 , Ambariyanto1,2, M. Helmi2  and A. Wirasatriya2
1) Marine Science Department, FFMS, Diponegoro University, Indonesia
2) Center For Coastal Disaster Mitigation and Rehabilitation Studies (CoReM), Diponegoro University

This special seminar will be held in CAS 132 at 3pm

Coral reefs are experiencing a recent period of severe decline due to emerging coral diseases. Acropora White Syndrome (AWS) has been reported worldwide with increasing dramatically in the number of host species and geographic ranges. However, little is known about how AWS is caused. This disease is now recognized as one of the major causes of reef degradation and coral mortality in Indonesian waters. Several strategies have been attempted to stop spreading and progressing of coral diseases. However, those approaches were none have been tried with any success on a large spatial scale. Our primary objectives of this research were to investigate the prevalence, spatial distribution, and variability at temporal scales of AWS in polluted and unpolluted areas; to isolate, characterize and identify the bacteria associated with AWS and healthy corals; to investigate the causative agents of AWS coral diseases; to screen anti-pathogenic property of bacterial healthy coral symbionts against the causative agents of AWS and to develop  pellets of anti-pathogenic AWS bacterial consortia.

To achieve these objectives, integrated methods of survey, explorative, laboratory and field experiments in the field major of oceanology, pathology, marine microbiology, marine biotechnology and ecology were used. This study was started by conducting surveillances, coral sampling, and underwater documentation, oceanographic measurements, isolation and purification of bacteria associated with diseased and healthy corals, postulate Koch’s experiments in the laboratory and fields, screening of anti-bacterial symbionts against coral pathogenic strains via soft agar overlay and agar diffused method. The experiment was finished by conducting polyphasic identification. The developing pellets of anti-pathogenic bacterial consortia are still ongoing study. The results of the research are expected to be used as ‘embryonic’ marine industry for ‘biocontrol agents’ pellets on a large scale in the future regarding enhancing management, conservation, and protection of coral reef ecosystems.

New England’s only hard coral could hold answers about plastic polution

By Julia HammerAugust 16th, 2017

Dr. Randi Rotjan, in collaboration with Koty Sharp from Roger Williams University, Juanita Urban-Rich from the University of Massachusetts Boston, Carolina Bastidas from MIT Sea Grant and Sean Grace from Southern Connecticut State University, have been studying Northern Star Coral to determine the extent and impact of microplastics in an urban marine environment.

1st Annual BUMP Honors Thesis Symposium

By davebApril 30th, 2013

We are pleased to announce the 1st Annual BUMP Honors Thesis Symposium.  The symposium will showcase undergraduate research in marine science conducted by eight BUMP seniors.

Please join us this Friday, May 3, 12:00 – 2:30 in BRB113 to celebrate their hard work and dedication over the last 12 months.



Spotlight on BUMP Alumni

By davebFebruary 14th, 2013in Alumni, Publications

Congratulations to Sara Edquist (CAS’08) and Caitlyn Genovese (CAS’08). Sara and Caitlyn, along with BUMP Director John Finnerty and several other authors, had a paper accepted for publication in the Marine Ecology Progress Series. The study arose out of student projects in Prof. Finnerty’s Marine Invertebrates course (BI547). Sara is currently a PhD student at the University of New Hampshire focusing on marine parasitology and aquaculture. Caitlyn is a PhD student at Clemson University studying ecology and evolutionary biology.


Physiological and developmental responses to temperature by the estuarine sea anemone Nematostella vectensis: evidence for local adaptation to high temperatures

Adam M. Reitzel1,2,3^, Tim Chu1, Sara Edquist1,2, Caitlyn Genovese1,2, Caitlin Church3, Ann M. Tarrant3, and John R. Finnerty1,2*

1Department of Biology and 2Boston University Marine Program, Boston University, 5 Cummington St., Boston, MA 02215

3 Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 45 Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543


From BU to Duke

By davebNovember 29th, 2012

Congratulations to Arianna M. on her acceptance to Duke Law School!

Arianna at the Fall 2012 UROP Symposium

Phi Beta Kappa

By davebNovember 28th, 2012

Congratulations to BUMP students Julia Luthringer CAS’13 and Reena Clements CAS’13.  Julia and Reena have been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa by the Epsilon of Massachusetts Chapter at Boston University.

Phi Beta Kappa, founded at the College of William & Mary in 1776, is an honorary society whose membership is conferred for high scholarship. Massachusetts Epsilon Chapter at Boston University received its charter in 1899. Each year a number of seniors maintaining high rank throughout their courses are elected to membership. A few exceptional students may be elected during the first semester of their senior year on the basis of their record at the end of the junior year. It is expected that nominated students will be pursuing a broad liberal arts degree including honors in the major.


Reena and Julia at work trying to document the regeneration (or lack thereof) of a reef damaged by the 2008 earthquake.
Reena and Julia at work in Belize trying to document the regeneration (or lack thereof) of a reef damaged by the 2008 earthquake.

Reena and Julia at work trying to document the regeneration (or lack thereof) of a reef damaged by the 2008 earthquake.




Phi Beta Kappa ceremony 12/4/12Reena and Julia: Phi Beta Kappa