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2007 Florida Keys Mission
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2008 Expedition Team
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Jeffrey S. AndersonJeffrey S. Anderson
NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Survey Team Member

Jeff Anderson is currently a member of NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's Damage Assessment and Resource Protection (DARP) team stationed in Key Largo, FL. In that role, Jeff specializes in conducting benthic habitat surveys to document injuries to natural resources and to collect data for the long-term monitoring of vessel grounding restoration sites. Additionally, Jeff helps the Sanctuary maintain a network of 35 subsurface water temperature monitoring devices that have been deployed since 1988. Data from that network is available to managers and researchers via NOAA's National Oceanographic Data Center.

In addition to his work with NOAA, Jeff is a freelance underwater photographer and has lived, worked, and dove throughout the southern Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea region. Jeff's feature stories, columns, and photographs have been published in national and international SCUBA diving magazines. He has accumulated over 14 feature story and photography publication credits in Alert Diver magazine, including the April 2001 cover photo and exclusive contributor for the "Creature Feature" column for all 2005 issues.

Jeff has been a NOAA Scientific Diver since April 2000 and a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer since October 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Lonny AndersonLonny Anderson
NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Survey Team Member

Lonny Anderson moved to the Florida Keys in 1990 to join the Florida Wildlife Research Institute's Queen Conch enhancement program. During his eight years with the Institute, he participated in various research projects including Strombus gigas stock assessment and enhancement (from Miami to the Dry Tortugas) and Caribbean spiny lobster and fish population dynamics. In 1998, Lonny progressed into a full-time marine biologist position at The Keys Marine Laboratory on Long Key. While there, he assisted visiting scientists with their research projects and also held the position of Unit Dive Safety Officer. Over the years at KML, he was invited to participate in the FWRI's Coral Reef Monitoring Program which allowed him to become more familiar with the Florida Keys Reef Track and the various factors that influence coral reef health. Recently, Lonny was hired by NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary as a member of the Damage Assessment and Restoration Team. Much of his time is spent assessing damage cause by vessel groundings, and developing and implementing restoration strategies for these impacts to FKNMS resources. Lonny was invited to participate on this year's Coral Disease Cruise and is excited to learn more about the problems facing coral reefs here in The Florida Keys and do what can be done to communicate these issues to the public.

Geoff CookGeoff Cook
Co-Principal Investigator

After making his first SCUBA dive at the age of eleven, Geoff's academic and life interests centered on marine biology and, to a greater extent, coral reef ecology. While earning a B.S. in Biology at Virginia Tech, Geoff spent a year researching the effects of over fishing and destructive fishing practices on coral reef ecosystems in both Australia and Fiji. These experiences subsequently enabled Geoff to obtain additional employment and research opportunities in Hawai'i and the Republic of Palau. Having worked around the world as a SCUBA diving guide and instructor, sea kayak guide, boat captain, photographer, and field biologist, Geoff returned to Washington, D.C. in 2003 to pursue his graduate studies. His current research examines the etiology, epizootiology, and ecological ramifications of infectious diseases affecting coral reefs throughout the wider Caribbean region. Geoff is a PhD candidate at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia and will be completing his dissertation on comparing bacterial communities associated with diseased and apparently healthy corals in December of 2008.

Scott DonahueScott Donahue
NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Chief Scientist

Scott Donahue is serving a chief scientist for this year's cruise. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1994 from the University of South Florida, Tampa campus. Shortly thereafter, he joined a team of researchers studying Caribbean spiny lobster biology and ecology at the Florida Wildlife Research Institute's Marathon field laboratory (Florida Keys). After three years with the Institute, Scott went on to pursue his Masters degree with Dr. Mark J. Butler, IV, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, studying sponge ecology in the Florida Keys. His thesis research aimed to: determine if large sponges contribute to hydrodynamic maintenance of sediment depth around them via the localized scouring of adjacent sediments; determine if there is a relationship between the local diversity and biomass of sponges and their recruits in shallow hard-bottom areas; and determine the growth and survival of sponge transplants inside and outside of areas historically susceptible to sponge die-off events to assess the suitability of these sites for sponge regrowth. Once his thesis research was complete, Scott was hired by NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) as coral reef Damage Assessment and Restoration biologist. Scott held that position for three years, and has been serving as the Associate Science Coordinator since 2006.

Sarah FangmanSarah Fangman
NOAA's Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Cruise Dive Master and Survey team member

Sarah Fangman is participating in the Florida Keys Coral Reef Disease Survey for the third year, and is serving as Divemaster for the cruise. She works in the Southeast Region of the National Marine Sanctuary Program and is based at the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary office. Sarah received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Biology at Middlebury College in Vermont and her graduate degree at the University of Washington's School of Marine Affairs. Originally from Minnesota, Sarah now lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband and great dane.

Kathryn KaziorKathryn Kazior
NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
NOAA Hollings Scholar and Cruise Observer

Kathryn Kazior is a NOAA Hollings Scholar working with NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Lower Region office, under the mentorship of Scott Donahue. Ms. Kazior is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (Class of 2009) and just returned from a semester abroad at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her Hollings Scholar research project was a pilot effort, which attempted to integrate the FKNMS permitting database with ArcGIS to assess scientific (consumptive) utilization patterns within the Sanctuary in 2007. She presented this research at a NOAA Hollings Presentation Conference in Washington, DC. In addition to this presentation, she has attended a variety of coral reef workshops and conference throughout Florida, including the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, FL, a Marine Invasive Species Workshop in Marathon, FL, and the Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting in Marathon, FL. She has also assisted the Damage and Assessment Program with sea grass monitoring and restoration within FKNMS and joined Team OCEAN for beach clean-up projects. As an undergraduate student at CUA, Kathryn has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Assessment on the 2007 Casual Analysis/Diagnostic Decision Information System (CADDIS), a website to help scientists determine the biological health of our nation's streams. She also proposed that subsequent versions of CADDIS incorporate the effects of climate change of causal assessment and biological stream health and created a guideline and methodology for this future analysis. Ms. Kazior is currently the President for CUA's Engineers Without Borders, who is working on a water purification and distribution system in Santa Clara, El Salvador.

Lauri MaclaughlinLauri Maclaughlin
NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Co-Principal Investigator

Lauri is one of the senior scientists on the cruise this year, with twenty-one years of work diving experience including videography, photography and over 1900 logged dives. She received a certificate of Marine Science from Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium (Virginia) in 1981, then received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Penn State in 1983. Shortly thereafter, Lauri was hired by (then) Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary as a staff biologist and has been working for the NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries Program ever since. Currently, Lauri is a Resource Manager for NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and is involved in researching and monitoring coral reef resources. She serves as a co-principal investigator and also coordinates the FKNMS Coral Disease & Bleaching Response cruises, annual coral-spawn monitoring cruises, and regional Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary Coral Disease and Benthic Characterization cruises. Lauri is an active participant of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force including the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative Local Area Strategy planning (SEFCRI), Coral Reef Conservation Program sponsored "Responding to Climate Change Workshops for MPA Managers" (trainer and coordinator), and member of the Climate Change Working Group. Her other FKNMS responsibilities include regulatory environmental permit reviews, site surveys, inspections, inter-agency coordination, permit conditioning, and specializing in coral rescue and relocation training programs and coral nursery partnership development.

Kathleen MorrowKathleen Morrow
Auburn University
Survey Team Member

Ms. Morrow has been inspired by the complexity of coral reef ecosystems since childhood and has extensively studied the ecology of cnidarians for the past 9 years. She completed her B.S. degree with a minor in chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) in May 2003. She completed an undergraduate honors thesis on the effect of Diadema antillarum, long-spined sea urchins, on coral-algal interactions. These studies were conducted in coordination with Dr. Alina Szmant (UNCW) and Dr. Margaret Miller (U of Miami). Ms. Morrow completed a Master's degree in August 2006 from California State University Northridge under the advisement of Dr. Robert Carpenter. Her Master's research was conducted along Santa Catalina Island and primarily focused on the study of kelp forest community ecology and biomechanics (see CV for publications). These studies examined the interactions between a common corallimorpharian anemone and macroalgae, and are applicable to her current research on coral-algal competition on Caribbean coral reefs. Ms. Morrow has recently completed her second year as a Ph.D. student at Auburn University under the advisement of Dr. Nanette Chadwick. Her dissertation research examines the community structure and stability of coral-algal-microbial associations. The microorganisms living in association with corals are highly diverse and abundant, but their ecological roles as beneficial symbionts and/or pathogens are poorly understood. Environmentally induced stress is implicated in an increased prevalence and severity of coral disease, bleaching, and mortality. Thus, competition-induced stress from encroaching macroalgae also may confound the stability and function of coral-microbial associations. Macroalgae utilize both physical and chemical competitive mechanisms that have the potential to rapidly alter the coral-microbial assemblage. Ms. Morrow's doctoral research will quantify the natural microbial community associated with non-diseased corals and those exposed to physical and chemical interactions with macroalgae using culture-dependent and -independent methods (e.g. molecular analysis of bacterial community fingerprints). She hopes to develop a baseline for comparison so that researchers may better determine the mechanisms leading to the initiation and progression of coral disease. These studies are currently conducted off the coast of Summerland Key, Florida and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Erich MuellerErich Mueller, Ph.D
Co-Principal Investigator

Erich's interest in the sea began at an early age living along the coasts of South Carolina and New Jersey. This interest became a passion during a summer course at Pigeon Key (Florida) in 1967. He moved to Key West the following year where he completed high school and junior college. Undergraduate studies were completed at Florida Atlantic University in 1977 with a B.S. in Biology (Botany Emphasis). Graduate work followed at the University of Miami focused on cellular calcium regulation. After receiving a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and postdoctoral research at the Australian Institute for Marine Science, Erich joined Seacamp/Newfound Harbor Marine Institute (Big Pine Key) in 1984 to conduct, develop and market marine science programs. In 1989, Erich accepted a position at the University of South Alabama's Mineralization Center and was a founding member of the Department of Marine Sciences.

An opportunity in 1995 to develop the Pigeon Key Marine Research Center for Mote Marine Laboratory brought Erich back to the island that inspired his career. Damage by Hurricane Georges in 1998 led to a new laboratory site on Summerland Key. As Director of Mote's new Center for Tropical Research, he designed the seawater systems, laboratories and developed both research and education programs. Ongoing funding was secured through Florida's "Preserve Our Reefs" license plate that continues to support the laboratory today.

While at Mote Marine Laboratory, Erich collaborated with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to initiate the Florida Keys Coral Reef Disease Survey in 1997 and continues to be a co-principal investigator on this annual research cruise. Also while at Mote, Erich began conducting coral research in the Bahamas at the Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) on Lee Stocking Island. He joined the PIMS staff as Senior Research Scientist in 2004. Since then he has continued research on coral physiology and health in the Bahamas and the Florida Keys.

Joshua VossJoshua D. Voss, Ph.D
Robertson Coral Reef Program
Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Voss's research focuses on coral disease distributions and the environmental factors that potentially drive disease dynamics, including the short- and long-term effects of disease on coral community and population structure. The majority of his field work has been conducted in the Florida Keys and Bahamas, with additional forays to Panama, Curacao, Bonaire, Dominica, and St. Eustatius. Through the Robertson Coral Reef Program at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Josh endeavors to integrate new molecular technologies with experimental and monitoring approaches to better understand the mechanisms that determine coral health. His additional research interests include molecular profiling of microbial communities, marine conservation and management strategy development, artificial reef design and implementation, efforts toward integration both within and between academic disciplines, and development of field-based courses that combine biology with local history, seamanship skills, and community outreach.

After growing up on the beaches of central Florida near Orlando, Josh attended Elon University in North Carolina and completed a B.S. in biology along with minors in philosophy, chemistry, and sociology. During his undergraduate years he studied field ecology in Belize, completed course work and a research assistantship at the Duke University Marine Laboratory, and was a Perry Institute for Marine Science Research Fellow at the Caribbean Marine Research Center in the Bahamas. These experiences, along with the exceptional educational programs and professors at Elon, solidified Josh's decision to pursue a career as an academic in marine science. Josh completed his Ph.D. at Florida International University in Miami, and was a member of the marine science faculty at Eckerd College before accepting his current position with HBOI at Florida Atlantic University.

Corey WalterCorey Walter
Survey Team Member

After graduating from Millersville University in 1997 with a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology, Cory completed an internship at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys. After her internship, she continued working in the Keys as a mate on coral reef Eco-tour snorkel boat, until she took a position as a husbandry manager for a large tropical fish collector that supplied marine life to public aquariums all over the world. In 2004, Cory accepted a staff biologist position with Mote Marine Laboratory's Tropical Research Lab located in Summerland Key, Florida. Here, Cory is program coordinator for both BleachWatch and the Marine Ecosystem Event Response and Assessment (MEERA). These are both community-based monitoring projects, and are funded by NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. She also assists other agencies with south Florida marine ecosystem monitoring and scientific collections, including FKNMS's annual Coral Disease (monitoring) Cruise.

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