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Nathan L. Kirk

Ph.D. Student - Graduated 2012

Postdoctoral at Oregon State University

Department of Biological Sciences

Auburn University,  Auburn, AL 36849

kirknat[at]gmail[dot]com

Tel: (334) 844-9280

Former AU Ph.D. Web Site

  2006

Department of Biological Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, M.S., Thesis: "Distributions of Symbiodinium associated with the common sea fan, Gorgonia ventalina, across distance, depth, and time."

  2003

Department of Biological Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., Biological Sciences (Magna Cum Laude).

 

Initiation, specificity, and persistence of symbioses involving cnidarians; similarities and differences between parasites and mutualists in persistence inside a host; multiple infections and possible cryptic populations of rare symbionts inside a host and their possible ecological relevance.

  2010

Recipient - PADI Foundation Research Grant. Project Title: "Parasitic apicomplexans associated with Caribbean reef corals" ($6,300).

  2006

Recipient Doctoral Fellowship - Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Program, Auburn University.

  2006

"Population Structure of Algal Endosymbionts in a Caribbean Octocoral Across Distance and Depth." - Benthic Ecology Meeting, Quebec City, Canada.

  7

Kirk, N.L., R. Ritson-Williams, M.A. Coffroth, M.W. Miller, N.D. Fogarty, S.R. Santos. Tracking transmission of apicomplexan symbionts in diverse Caribbean corals. PLoS One. in press.

  6

Kirk, N.L., D.J. Thornhill, D.W. Kemp, W.K. Fitt, S.R. Santos. 2013. Ubiquitous associations and a peak fall prevalence between apicomplexan symbionts and reef corals in Florida and the Bahamas. Coral Reefs 32:847-858. Request Reprint

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Andras, J.P., N.L. Kirk, C.D. Harvell. 2011. Range-wide population genetic structure of Symbiodinium associated with the Caribbean Sea fan coral, Gorgonia ventalina. Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05115.x. Request Reprint  Supplementary Materials at Marine Biology Website

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Kirk, N.L., J.P. Andras, C.D. Harvell, S.R Santos, M.A. Coffroth. 2009. Population structure of Symbiodinium sp. associated with the common sea fan, Gorgonia ventalina, in the Florida Keys across distance, depth, and time. Marine Biology. 156:1609-1623. Request Reprint  Supplementary Materials at Marine Biology Website

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Andras, J.P., N.L. Kirk, M.A. Coffroth, C.D. Harvell. 2009. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in Symbiodinium B1/B184, the dinoflagellate symbiont of the Caribbean sea fan coral, Gorgonia ventalina. Mol Ecol Res. 9:989-993. Request Reprint

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Pictured in Elizabeth Pennisi's "Spawning for a Better Life", a NewsFocus in the international journal Science from 14 December 2007. PDF

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Kirk, N.L., J.R. Ward, M.A. Coffroth. 2005. Stable Symbiodinium composition in the sea fan (Gorgonia ventalina) during temperature and disease stress. Biol. Bull. 209:227-234. PDF


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