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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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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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