We recently collected samples of water and small samples of coral from two locations in Barbados. One location has a relatively healthy reef whereas the other location has been in steady decline. We performed deep sequencing to identify the microbiomes at both sites and are working with collaborators to develop this into a national project to monitor reef health and determine the external influences threatening their health across the island’s fringing reef system.

Shawn Simpson is the lead on this project.

This is joint work with David Walsh at Concordia, Henri Vallès, Yvonne Vallès at UWI Cavehill, Barbados and others including the CORALL society, Barbados.

We have other microbiome projects with Vanessa Dumeaux related to human health and breast cancer.