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Cara Fiore

Cara Fiore

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Published on Jan 12, 2017

The results are in, the paper is out, and another sponge secret is unlocked!

Hello! I know it has been a while since we have posted an update, but we have been diligently working on data analysis and discussing our findings with other coral reef scientists and we have excit...

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Published on Nov 03, 2015

Sponges do more than remove nutrients from the water

We have some exciting updates to share about our project. Our main goal for this project is to characterize how sponge filtration changes the composition of organic nutrients that are dissolved in ...

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Published on Jul 07, 2015

A closer look at sponge symbionts

Just like we have bacteria that live on our skin and in our guts that help keep us healthy, sponges also host a diverse community of bacteria that make up a healthy sponge. In our project we looked...

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Published on May 30, 2015

Samples Have Been Run!

Now it is time for the exciting part of data analysis. The data we get from our instruments need to be processed and analyzed before we can work on interpreting what the results mean for nutrient a...

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Published on Apr 17, 2015

Update on Sample Analysis- April 17

Hi Everyone,We wanted to let you know that we have finished extracting dissolved organic matter from our water samples and we are preparing to run these extracts on our instruments (mass spectromet...

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Published on Apr 05, 2015

What's in a mass?

We are analyzing the extracted dissolved organic matter (DOM) from our water samples using mass spectrometry. The goal of this is to figure out what molecules are in the pool of organic nutrients o...

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Published on Mar 18, 2015

Update on Sample Analysis

Good news - we have completed almost all of the extractions of dissolved organic matter from the water samples! We have also scheduled time on the instruments we use (mass spectrometers) to run the...

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Published on Mar 04, 2015

Why Do We Care About Dissolved Organic Matter (and What Is It)?

We have our three types of water samples ready for processing to extract out the dissolved organic matter:1) "Ambient" or "Inhalent" water, which was collected near the sponges that we sampled 2) "...

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Published on Feb 14, 2015

We reached our goal!

Thank you to all of you for your support, because of you our research project on sponges and nutrient cycling on coral reefs is going to move forward! We are excited to get in the lab to start proc...

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Published on Feb 09, 2015

Do all sponges filter water?

We are almost to our goal and generating excitement around sponge and coral reef research! We want to say a huge thank you to our supporters who are helping to make this research happen! This lab n...

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Congratulations, looking forward to hearing more about this!
Jul 10, 2015
Sequencing the Black Rhinoceros Genome
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Good luck this looks like a great project. I used to live in Charleston and would love to see this happen.
May 27, 2015
Environmental Justice in North Charleston Communities
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The sensitivity of the instrument is lower than usual. We can see this when we run a set of standards that we regularly analyze. What is likely causing this drop in sensitivity is something in most of the samples that we analyze in this lab - salt! Most samples we run are from the ocean and this can cause some build up of salt in the instrument, even with regular cleaning. As you might imagine, handling and cleaning the inner workings of the instrument is a delicate task, fortunately we have a fantastic manager of the facility who is working on getting the instrument running at optimum sensitivity again. Thanks for the question.
Apr 20, 2015
How do sponges influence the availability of nutrients on coral reefs?
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Good luck Marcus - this is Cara from Grice - awesome to see what you are working on now!
Mar 07, 2015
How do Backyard Birds end up in Tiger Sharks' Stomachs?
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That is great! let me know if you have questions on anything that you see and happy diving!
Feb 14, 2015
How do sponges influence the availability of nutrients on coral reefs?
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Good luck!
Feb 14, 2015
Water Purification for Developing Countries
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Thank you Jennifer, you guys rock!:) I hope you enjoy following along!
Feb 14, 2015
How do sponges influence the availability of nutrients on coral reefs?
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Thank you Elizabeth, we are excited to have your support! Looking forward to sharing our research with your class!
Feb 12, 2015
How do sponges influence the availability of nutrients on coral reefs?
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Thank you Sandra! Please feel free to comment or ask questions and enjoy following along!
Feb 11, 2015
How do sponges influence the availability of nutrients on coral reefs?
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This is great work, I have traveled to East and southern Africa and would love to see this work happen! good luck!
Feb 11, 2015
Can Community Partnerships Improve Development and Reduce Poaching?
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Thanks Oscar! I'm glad you enjoyed reading this, it is pretty amazing to see how we can be inspired by nature!
Feb 11, 2015
How do sponges influence the availability of nutrients on coral reefs?
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Thank you Lash, it is great to have your support! Enjoy following along!
Feb 10, 2015
How do sponges influence the availability of nutrients on coral reefs?
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