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Christina Kellogg

Research Microbiologist

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Christina Kellogg is an Research Microbiologist at the Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, FL.  She joined the USGS as one of the first Mendenhall Fellows, characterizing the microbial communities in African dust, beach sediments, sea grass beds, and coral reefs.  In her current position, Chris applies molecular techniques and classical microbiological methods to study microbes in the marine environment, particularly the microbial ecology of tropical and deep-sea corals.

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Baker, E.J. and C.A. Kellogg, 2014. Comparison of three DNA extraction kits to establish maximum yield and quality of coral-associated microbial DNA. USGS Open-File Report 2014-1066, 14 p. DOI: 10.3133/ofr20141066 [Link]

Kellogg, C.A., Y.M. Piceno, L.M. Tom, T.Z. DeSantis, M.A. Gray, and G.L. Andersen, 2014. Comparing bacterial community composition of healthy and dark spot-affected Siderastrea siderea in Florida and the Caribbean. PLOS ONE 9(10): e108767. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108767 [Link]

Gray, M.A., Z.A. Pratte, and C.A. Kellogg, 2013. Comparison of DNA preservation methods for environmental bacterial-community samples. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 83: 468-477 [Link]

Kellogg, C.A., Y.M. Piceno, L.M. Tom, T.Z. DeSantis, M.A. Gray, D.G. Zawada, and G.L. Andersen, 2013. Comparing bacterial community composition between healthy and white plague-like disease states in Orbicella annularis using PhyloChip G3 microarrays. PLOS ONE 8(11): e79801. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079801 [Link]

Kellogg, C.A., Y.M. Piceno, L.M. Tom, T.Z. DeSantis, D.G. Zawada, and G.L. Andersen, 2012. PhyloChip microarray comparison of sampling methods used for coral microbial ecology. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 88: 103-109. [Link]

Galkiewicz, J.P., S.H. Stellick, M.A. Gray, and C.A. Kellogg, 2012. Cultured fungal associates from the deep-sea coral Lophelia pertusa. Deep-Sea Research I, 67: 12-20. [Link]

Kellogg, C. A., 2011. Microbial Ecology of Deep-Water Mid-Atlantic Canyons. U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011-3102, 2 p. [Link]

Galkiewicz, J.P., Z.A. Pratte, M.A. Gray, and C.A. Kellogg, 2011. Characterization of culturable bacteria isolated from the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 77:333-346. [Link]

Gray, M.A., R.P. Stone, M.R. McLaughlin and C.A. Kellogg, 2011. Microbial consortia of gorgonian corals from the Aleutian islands. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 76(1): 109-120. [Link]

Kellogg, C.A., 2010. Enumeration of viruses and prokaryotes in deep-sea sediments and cold seeps of the Gulf of Mexico. Deep-Sea Research II 57: 2002-2007. [Link]

Olson, J.B., and C.A. Kellogg, 2010. Microbial ecology of corals, sponges, and algae in mesophotic coral environments. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 73: 17-30. [Link]

Kellogg, C.A., 2009. Gulf of Mexico Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystem Studies, 2008-2011. U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2009-3094, 4 p. [Link]

Kellogg, C.A. and D.G. Zawada, 2009. Applying New Methods to Diagnose Coral Diseases. U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2009-3113, 2 p. [Link]

Andersen, G.L., A.S. Frisch, C.A. Kellogg, E. Levetin, B. Lighthart, and D. Patemo, 2009. Aeromicrobiology/Air Quality, IN Encyclopedia of Microbiology (M. Schaechter, Ed.), Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 11-26. [Link]

Kellogg, C.A., J.T. Lisle and J.P. Galkiewicz, 2009. Culture-independent characterization of bacterial communities associated with the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75 (8): 2294-2303. [Link]

Galkiewicz, J.P. and C.A. Kellogg, 2008. Cross-kingdom amplification using bacterial-specific primers: complications for coral microbial ecology. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74 (24): 7828-7831. [Link]

Kellogg, C.A., 2007. Phage Therapy for Florida Corals?. Fact Sheet 2007-3065, 2 p. [Link]

Rosenberg, E., C.A. Kellogg, and F. Rohwer, 2007. Coral microbiology. Oceanography 20(2): 114-122. [Link]

Kellogg, C.A. and J.T. Lisle, 2006. Microbiology and public beach safety: integrated science for the protection of public health. Fact Sheet 2006-3045, 2 p. [Link]

Garrison, V.H., W.T. Foreman, S. Genualdi, D.W. Griffin, C.A. Kellogg, M.S. Majewski, A. Mohammed, A. Ramsubhag, E.A. Shinn, S.L. Simonich and G.W. Smith, 2006. Saharan dust—a carrier of persistent organic pollutants, metals and microbes to the Caribbean? Revista Biologia Tropical 54(Suppl. 3): 9-21. [Link]

Kellogg, C.A. and D.W. Griffin, 2006. Aerobiology and the global transport of desert dust. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 21(11): 638-644. [Link]

Kellogg, C.A., 2005. Coral microbial ecology. Fact Sheet 2005-3039, 4 p. [Link]

Griffin, D.W. and C.A. Kellogg, 2004. Dust storms and their impact on ocean and human health: Dust in Earth’s atmosphere. EcoHealth 1: 284-295. [Link]

Kellogg, C.A., D.W. Griffin, V.H. Garrison, K.K. Peak, N. Royall, R.R. Smith, and E.A. Shinn, 2004. Characterization of aerosolized bacteria and fungi from desert dust events in Mali, West Africa. Aerobiologia 20: 99-110. [Link]

Kellogg, C.A., 2004. Tropical Archaea: diversity associated with the surface microlayer of corals. Marine Ecology Progress Series 273: 81-88. [Link]

Kellogg, C.A. and D.W. Griffin, 2003. African dust carries microbes across the ocean: are they affecting human and ecosystem health?. Open-File Report 2003-28, 4 p. [Link]

Garrison, V.H., E.A. Shinn, W.T. Foreman, D.W. Griffin, C.W. Holmes, C.A. Kellogg, M.S. Majewski, L.L. Richardson, K.B. Ritchie, and G.W. Smith, 2003. African and Asian dust: From desert soils to coral reefs. BioScience 53: 469-480. [Link]

Griffin, D.W., C.A. Kellogg, V.H. Garrison, J.T. Lisle, T.C. Borden, and E.A. Shinn, 2003. Atmospheric microbiology in the northern Caribbean during African dust events. Aerobiologia 19: 143-157. [Link]

Griffin, D.W., C.A. Kellogg, V.H. Garrison, and E.A. Shinn, 2002. The global transport of dust. American Scientist 90: 228-235. [Link]

Kellogg, C.A. and J. H. Paul, 2002. Degree of ultraviolet radiation damage and repair capabilities are related to G+C content in marine vibriophages. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 27: 13-20. [Link]

Griffin, D.W., C.A. Kellogg, K.K. Peak, and E.A. Shinn, 2002. A rapid and efficient assay for extracting DNA from fungi. Letters in Applied Microbiology 34: 1-5. [Link]

Cihlar, R., C. Kellogg, and S. Broedel Jr., 2001. Antifungal drug targets: Discovery and selection, IN Fungal Pathogenesis: Principles and Clinical Applications (R. A. Calderone & R. L. Cihlar, Eds.), Marcel Decker, Inc, pp. 579-600. [Link]

Griffin, D.W., C.A. Kellogg and E.A. Shinn, 2001. Dust in the wind: Long range transport of dust in the atmosphere and its implications for global public and ecosystem health. Global Change & Human Health 2: 2-15. [Link]

Paul, J.H. and C.A. Kellogg, 2000. The ecology of bacteriophages in nature, IN Viral Ecology (C. J. Hurst, Ed.), Academic Press, pp. 211-246. [Link]

Cochran, P.K., C.A. Kellogg, and J.H. Paul, 1998. Prophage induction of indigenous marine lysogenic bacteria by environmental pollutants. Marine Ecology Progress Series 164:125-133. [Link]

Jiang, S.C., C.A. Kellogg, and J.H. Paul, 1998. Characterization of marine temperate phage-host systems isolated from Mamala Bay, Hawaii. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 64: 535-542. [Link]

Paul, J.H., J.B. Rose, S.C. Jiang, X. Zhou, P.K. Cochran, C. Kellogg, J.B. Kang, S. Farrah, and G. Lukasik, 1997. Evidence for groundwater and surface marine water contamination by waste disposal wells in the Florida Keys. Water Research. 31: 1448-1454. [Link]

Paul, J.H., J.B. Rose, S.C. Jiang, P. London, X. Zhou, and C. Kellogg, 1997. Coliphage and indigenous phage in Mamala Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 63: 133-138. [Link]

Paul, J.H., C.A. Kellogg, and S.C. Jiang, 1996. Viruses and DNA in marine environments, IN Microbial Diversity in Time and Space (R. Colwell, U. Simidu, K. Ohwada, Eds.), Plenum Publishing, p. 115-124. [Link]

Paul, J.H., J.B. Rose, S. Jiang, C. Kellogg, and E.A. Shinn, 1995. Occurrence of fecal indicator bacteria in surface waters and the subsurface aquifer in Key Largo, Florida. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 61: 2235-2241. [Link]

Kellogg, C.A., J.B. Rose, S.C. Jiang, J.M. Thurmond, and J.H. Paul, 1995. Genetic diversity of related Vibriophages isolated from marine environments around Florida and Hawaii. Marine Ecology Progress Series 120: 89-98. [Link]

Boehme, J., M.E. Frischer, S.C. Jiang, C.A. Kellogg, S. Pichard, J.B. Rose, C. Steinway, and J.H. Paul, 1993. Viruses, bacterioplankton, and phytoplankton in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico: distribution and contribution to oceanic DNA pools. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 97: 1-10. [Link]

Paul, J.H., J.B. Rose, S.C. Jiang, C.A. Kellogg, and L. Dickson, 1993. Distribution of viral abundance in the reef environment of Key Largo, Florida. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 59: 718-724. [Link]


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Ecology and Environmentecosystem diversity
Ecology and Environmentestuarine ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentbiodiversity
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Oceans and Coastlinesmarine ecosystems
Oceans and Coastlinescoastal ecosystems
Oceans and Coastlinesmarine water quality
Oceans and Coastlinesreef ecosystems
Techniques and Methodslaboratory methods

Coral Microbial Ecology

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Coral microbial ecology is the study of the relationship of coral-associated microorganisms to each other, the coral host, and to their environment.  These microbes include bacteria, archaea, and fungi–representing all three major domains of life, as well as viruses.  Just as we humans have beneficial microbes living on our skin and in our intestines, corals also have microbiota that are vital to their health.  Without understanding the interactions between corals and their microbes, we will be unable to fully understand coral biology, the ecology of the reef ecosystem, or the mechanisms of coral diseases.

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Deep-Sea Coral Microbiology

Coral Microbial Ecology

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Christina Kellogg
600 4Th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-502-8181 - Fax
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