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Microbial Ecology of Four Coral Atolls in the Northern Line Islands

  • Elizabeth A. Dinsdale equal contributor mail,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Elizabeth A. Dinsdale, Olga Pantos

    *E-mail: Elizabeth_dinsdale@hotmail.com (ED); frohwer@gmail.com (FR)

    Affiliations: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America, School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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  • Olga Pantos equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Elizabeth A. Dinsdale, Olga Pantos

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America

    Current address: Centre for Marine Studies, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia

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  • Steven Smriga,

    Affiliation: Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

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  • Robert A. Edwards,

    Affiliations: Center for Microbial Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America, Fellowship for Interpretation of Genomes, Burr Ridge, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Florent Angly,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America

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  • Linda Wegley,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America

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  • Mark Hatay,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America

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  • Dana Hall,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America

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  • Elysa Brown,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America

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  • Matthew Haynes,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America

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  • Lutz Krause,

    Affiliation: Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec), Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

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  • Enric Sala,

    Affiliation: Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

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  • Stuart A. Sandin,

    Affiliation: Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

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  • Rebecca Vega Thurber,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America

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  • Bette L. Willis,

    Affiliation: Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

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  • Farooq Azam,

    Affiliation: Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

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  • Nancy Knowlton,

    Affiliation: Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

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  • Forest Rohwer mail

    *E-mail: Elizabeth_dinsdale@hotmail.com (ED); frohwer@gmail.com (FR)

    Affiliations: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America, Center for Microbial Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America

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  • Published: February 27, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0001584
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Elizabeth A. Dinsdale, Olga Pantos, Florent Angly, Linda Wegley, Mark Hatay, Dana Hall, Elysa Brown, Matthew Haynes, Rebecca Vega Thurber, Forest Rohwer
Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America
Elizabeth A. Dinsdale
School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Steven Smriga, Enric Sala, Stuart A. Sandin, Farooq Azam, Nancy Knowlton
Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America
Robert A. Edwards, Forest Rohwer
Center for Microbial Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America
Robert A. Edwards
Fellowship for Interpretation of Genomes, Burr Ridge, Illinois, United States of America
Lutz Krause
Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec), Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
Bette L. Willis
Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Corresponding Authors

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: FR ED OP ES SS. Performed the experiments: SS MH FR OP RE EB RV MH. Analyzed the data: ED RE FA DH LK. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: FR LW. Wrote the paper: FR ED. Other: Expedition organizer: SS. Commented on paper: NK. Contributed to design: FA. Supported field work for ED: BW. Organized expedition: ES.