New paper on Symbiodinium metacommunities in American Samoa
Ross Cunning

Our work on Symbiodinium metacommunities in American Samoa is now published in the open access journal PLOS ONE!

Cunning R, Yost DM, Guarinello ML, Putnam HM, Gates RD (2015) Variability of Symbiodinium communities in waters, sediments, and corals of thermally distinct reef pools in American Samoa. PLoS ONE 10(12):e0145099. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145099.    

In this paper, we describe high diversity communities of Symbiodinium in the waters, sediments, and ten coral species in back reef pools of American Samoa. This represents the first application of next-generation sequencing to describe free-living Symbiodinium communities, and we apply some cutting-edge multivariate statistical techniques to elucidate potential linkages among free-living and symbiotic communities, suggesting a metacommunity framework may be useful in understanding Symbiodinium ecology in coral reef environments. This paper also contains some great high-resolution aerial imagery of our beautiful study reefs in American Samoa, and some spatial analysis of distribution patterns.

All of the >1 million sequences analyzed in this study and scripts to reproduce our bioinformatic and statistical analyses are available at Dryad:

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