Here’s what we know about white-band disease: It has already killed up to 95 percent of the Caribbean’s reef-building elkhorn and staghorn corals, and it’s caused by an infectious bacteria that seems to be transmitted through the water and by coral-eating snails.
Here’s what we don’t know: everything else.
But two student-researchers working in Northeastern associate professor of marine and environmental science Steve Vollmer’s lab are trying to change that: Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn, a fourth-year doctoral candidate, and undergraduate Felicia Aronson, S’16, an environmental science major with a concentration in marine science. Together, they are using the resources they raised from a crowdfunding science campaign to figure out what’s killing the Caribbean corals.
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