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Happy Holidays and a successful 2013 from the Voolstra lab :)

2012 was a successful year full of changes: Manuel Aranda, Javier Villa Lizcano, and Xianzhe Gong completed their work in our group. We wish them all the best for their further career. We welcomed 2 new postdocs (Camille Daniels, Matthew Neave), 4 new PhD students (Anna Roik, Aubrie O’Rouke, Maren Ziegler, Till Röthig), two new MSc students (Sebastian Baumgarten, Vanessa Robitzch), and 1 new technician (Craig Michell) in our team. Our SRSI 2012 intern, Reem AlRabiah, is currently successfully competing with her project ‘Biofilm Characterization in the Central Red Sea’ on the Saudi National Science Fair which may lead to international competitions.

We successfully published 6 articles:

Banguera-Hinestroza E, Saenz-Agudelo P, Bayer T, Berumen ML, Voolstra CR. Characterization of new microsatellite loci for population genetic studies in the Smooth Cauliflower Coral (Stylophora sp.). Conservation Genetics Resources 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s12686-012-9852-x. Accepted

Pinzon J, Sampayo E, Cox E, Chauka LK , Chen A, Voolstra CR, LaJeunesse TC. Blind to morphology, genetics identify several widespread ecologically common species and few endemics among Indo-Pacific cauliflower corals (Pocillopora, Scleractinia). Journal of Biogeograpy. Accepted

Bayer T, Arif C, Ferrier-Pagcs C, Zoccola D, Aranda M, Voolstra CR. Bacteria of the genus Endozoicomonas dominate the microbiome of the Mediterranean gorgonian coral Eunicella cavolini. Marine Ecology Progress Series,  Ms. No. 201208015. Accepted

M Aranda, MK DeSalvo, T Bayer, M Medina, CR Voolstra. Evolutionary insights into scleractinian corals using comparative genomic hybridizations. BMC Genomics 2012 13 (1), 501. Highly Accessed

Jessen C, Roder C, Villa Lizcano J, Voolstra CR, Wild C. Top-down and bottom-up effects on Red Sea coral reef algae. Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia, 9-13 July 2012

Bayer T, Aranda M, Sunagawa S, Yum LK, DeSalvo MK, Lindquist E, Coffroth MA, Voolstra CR*, Medina M*. Symbiodinium Transcriptomes: Genome Insights into the Dinoflagellate Symbionts of Reef-building Corals. PLoS ONE 7(4): e35269. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035269 2012. *co-corresponding authors