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.
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.
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.
The New England Aquarium , a BUMP Academic Partner, Member’s Magazine “Tracking the Pulse of a Caribbean Coral Reef“ article features BUMP faculty member Dr. Randi Rotjan. Randi is a wonderful role model for many of our students and a great asset to our program.
What is it like to be a BUMP student? Find out by reading Diana’s story: http://blogs.bu.edu/bump/
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
Congratulations to Arianna M. on her acceptance to Duke Law School!
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.