The Decline of the Coral Reef--Coral Bleaching and Diseases with Dr.
Garriet W. Smith
Presenter: Dr. Garriet W. Smith
Department of Biology and Geology, Univ. of South Carolina-Aiken Belle
W. Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research Department of
Marine Sciences; School of he Environment; Univ. South Carolina-Columbia,
Dr. Garriet Smith is shown here with Alan Alda in a photo taken in St.John
early this year. They were filming a Scientific American Frontiers program
on corals, to air in November, 1998.
"I am a South Carolina native. I grew up, as a child, in Charleston
where I first became interested in the ocean. I also liked music though,
and played guitar with a traveling band called 'The Counts' for two years
after high school. I then entered the Air Force for four years, serving
in Vietnam, Libya and Germany. Afterward, I started college and received
a B.S. (1976) and M.A.T. (1977) at Winthrop Univ. in South Carolina. I then
attended Clemson Univ. where I received a M.S. in Soil Microbiology (1979)
and a Ph.D. in Marine Microbiology (1981). I studied the interactions among
microbes and seagrasses for over 20 years while at Clemson and teaching
at the Univ. of SC. Now I am primarily studying the interactions between
microbes and corals."
Dr. Smith is the author of a number of publications. Here are a few:
- G.W. Smith, L.D. Ives, I.A. Nagelkerken and K.B. Ritchie. Caribbean
Sea Fan Mortalities. Nature 383:487, 1996.
- I. Nagelkerken, K. Bucan, G.W. Smith, D. Harvell, K. Bonair, P. Bush,
J. Garzon-Ferreira, L. Botero, P. Gayle, C. Heberer, C. Petrovic, L. Pors
and P. Yoshioka. Effects of a Wide- spread Disease in Caribbean Sea
Fans: II. Patterns of infection and tissue loss. Marine Ecology Progress
Series. 160:255-263. 1997.
- Cervino, J.M. and G.W. Smith. Corals in Peril. Ocean Realm,
- Goreau, T.J., A.W. Bruckner, J. Cervino, R.L. Hayes, I. Nagelkerken,
J.W. Porter, K.G. Porter, L.L. Richardson, D.L. Santavy, G.W. Smith, E.H.
Williams. Assessing coral reef health. (letter) Science 277: 165-166.
- Cervino, J.M., T.J. Goreau, G.W. Smith, K. deMeyer, R.L. Hayes. Fast
spreading new Caribbean coral disease. Reef Encounter 22: 16-18. 1997.