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 Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences | Faculty | Garriet W. Smith, Ph.D.

Garriet W. Smith, Ph.D.

Research Interest:
Coral health and disease. My laboratory studies interactions between marine microbiota and macrophytes. Most recently, we have focused on diseases of corals, gorgonians and reef associated organisms. This includes pathogen identification, pathogenic mechanisms, and the origins of pathogenic strains. In addition, we are determining the overall distribution of these diseases in the world’s oceans.

Selected Publications: 

1.  J.M. Cervino1, F. L. Thompson, Bruno Gómez-Gil, E.A. Lorence, T. J. Goreau , Raymond L.Hayes, K.B. Winiarski, G.W. Smith, K. Hughen E. Bartells, Vibrio pathogens Induce Yellow Band Disease in Caribbean and Indo-Pacific Reef Building Corals. Appl. Microbiol. (in press)2008.

2.  Warren M, Leverette CL, Smith MA, Smith GW. Carotenoid is the purple pigment in Gorgonia ventalina sclerites. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 69:1058-1061, 2008.

3.  Magdalena Piskorska, G. W. Smith Ernesto Weil. Bacteria associated with the coral Echinopora lamellosa (Esper 1795) in the Indian Ocean - Zanzibar Region. African J. Environ Sci Technol. 1:93-98, 2007.

McGrath TA, Smith GW, Rollino J. A decade-long evaluation of three coral patch reefs of San Salvador , Bahamas. Bahamian Naturalist and J. of Sci. 2: 4-12, 2007

Harvell D, Merkel S, Jordan-Dahlgren E, Rosenberg E, Raymundo L, Smith G, Weil E, Willis B, Coral Diseases: the balance between coral and microbial associates. Oceanography 20:58-81, 2007.

Garriet W. Smith, Ph.D.
Garriet W. Smith, Ph.D.

Department of Biology
University of South Carolina, Aiken SC

Co-chairman of the Disease Working Group, World Bank Targeted Research Program

Ph.D., Clemson University

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