Videographer/editor Sean Hickey films Dr. Kim Ritchie as she collects mucus samples from Elkhorn coral.
Dr. Kim Ritchie collects mucus samples from a diseased coral.
Tubes containing coral mucus are labeled to prevent the cross contamination of microbes.
Plates containing coral mucus bacteria incubate overnight for culture testing.
Experts at Rollins College tested various human pathogens such as E.coli and Serratia marcescens as possible causes for the coral disease known as White Pox.
Coral disease microbiologist, Dr. Kathryn Sutherland uses a microscope to study various coral microbes.
Series Producer Alexa Elliott assists during filming of “Mysterious Microbes” at Rollins College.
Dr. Kathryn Sutherland applies various lysing chemicals to coral mucus samples as part of the DNA extraction process.
University of Florida graduate student William Zaragoza points to sea anemones that are used in various coral disease experiments.
Scientists at U.F. use sea anemones (Aiptasia pallida) as laboratory models for various coral disease experiments.
Experts place a sea anemone (Aiptasia pallida) in a 6-well plate as part of their research on coral disease behavior.
Scientists infect a sea anemone (Aiptasia pallida) with bacteria from diseased corals to monitor disease progression.
University of Florida graduate student Cory Krediet conducts genetic experiments with coral bacteria to learn more about coral disease behavior.
University of Florida graduate student Cory Krediet sterilizes his lab tools to prevent cross contamination of coral microbes during various experiments.
Scientists culture Serratia marcescens for use in various coral disease experiments. This bacterium is known to cause White Pox disease on Elkhorn corals.
University of Florida graduate student Cory Krediet prepares culture plates for experiments with bacteria from coral mucus.
Researchers from Florida International University near Pickles Reef in Key Largo, Florida.
Crew members Allan Farrell (center) and Nick Ogle (right) capture the shot as Dr. Deron Burkepile from FIU prepares for his dive.
Science divers from FIU spread barrier nets to collect coral-eating fish. Studies are looking at select species of fish as possible transmitters of disease among corals.
Dr. Deron Burkepile from FIU uses hand nets to collect parrotfish for studies on coral disease transmission.
Researchers from FIU collect parrotfish for studies that examine these marine animals as possible transmitters of disease among corals.
Researchers collect coral-eating fish for studies on bacterial transmission between diseased corals.
Scientists collect bacteria from the mouths of coral-eating fish. Experts are studying fish as possible transmitters of disease among corals.
Allan Farrell, C.S. videographer/editor films Dr. Deron Burkepile near an experimental “exclusion” cage.
Scientist from FIU use “exclusion cages” to keep herbivorous fish away from select corals.
Experimental cages made from plastic-coated chicken wire keep large herbivorous fish away from select corals.
Researchers from FIU use garden fertilizer in PVC pipes for experiments that mimic agricultural runoff and other ocean pollution issues.
Allan Farrell, C.S. videographer/editor in Key Largo, Florida, during production of “Mysterious Microbes.”