Cara Fiore

Cara Fiore

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


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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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 ...more
Good luck Marcus - this is Cara from Grice - awesome to see what you are working on now!
Reply to:Sarah GormadySarah Gormady
That is great! let me know if you have questions on anything that you see and happy diving!
Thanks Oscar! I'm glad you enjoyed reading this, it is pretty amazing to see how we can be inspired by nature!