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What’s wiping out the Caribbean corals?

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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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