Intestinal microbiomes from butterflyfish on degraded reefs in Bocas del Toro.


Intestinal microbiomes of herbivorous fish from a Florida reef.

The gut microbiome stability of a butterflyfish is disrupted on severely degraded Caribbean coral reefs

Environmental degradation has the potential to alter key mutualisms that underline the structure and function of ecological communities. While it is well recognized that the global loss of coral reefs alters fish communities, the effects of habitat …

Reef Fish & their Microbes

Study finds fish have diverse, distinct gut microbiomes. Photo by José Alejandro Alvarez.

Intestinal microbes: an axis of functional diversity among large marine consumers

Microbes are ubiquitous throughout the world’s oceans, yet the manner and extent of their influence on the ecology and evolution of large, mobile fauna remains poorly understood. Here, we establish the intestinal microbiome as a hidden, and …

Host-associated microbiomes drive structure and function of marine ecosystems

The significance of symbioses between eukaryotic hosts and microbes extends from the organismal to the ecosystem level and underpins the health of Earth’s most threatened marine ecosystems. Despite rapid growth in research on host-associated …