Not yet. We focused our initial efforts on published studies that utilized the ITS2 region. Future efforts will include additional genes.
Not yet but if you are interested in collaborating on the project, go to the Contact page and send us an email that includes your contact information, an idea of how you'd like to be involved, and the citation(s) of your work with PDF(s).
No. There was a lack of consistent reporting of sample number in the studies that were included in the database. Thus, we choose not to include that information so that the structure of the database focuses on reported Symbiodinium ITS2 sequences and the bioinformatic and ecoinformatic attributes associated with those records.
This could be for two reasons. First, the quality of the collection location description for records varied considerably. For example, records that only provided a "Country" or "SubRegion" as the finest level of detail for location often were plotted on land with a correspondingly large coordinate precision. Second, there are a set of records from aquariums that were plotted as the location of the aquarium, not the collection location.
GeoSymbio was created by a team of researchers at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The team is Erik Franklin, Michael Stat, Xavier Pochon, Hollie Putnam, and Ruth Gates. The contributions from the members are project concept: EF, MS, RG; web application development: EF; graphic design and layout: EF, MS; database design: EF, MS, XP; and bibliographic search and data entry: EF, MS, XP, HP.
Yes. Please go to the Contact page and send us an email that includes your contact information, a description of the error and how it should be fixed, and we'll work on the request as soon as possible.
No, we have successfully tested them within text editors, spreadsheets, and database programs on PC and Mac/Linux platforms. Please note that the csv files use double quotations to identify text strings. Also, be some text in cells exceed 255 characters.Please go to the Contact page and send us an email that includes your contact information, a description of the error and how it should be fixed, and we'll work on the request as soon as possible.
The National Marine Sanctuary Program (memorandum of agreement 2005-008/66882), the US Environmental Protection Agency Science To Achieve Results (STAR) PhD Fellowship (FP917096), the US National Science Foundation (NSF) for grants through Biological Oceanography (OCE-0752604, OCE-1041673) and the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program (NSF 04-17412) provided financial support for this research. This work was conducted as part of the "Tropical coral reefs of the future: Modeling ecological outcomes from the analyses of current and historical trends" Working Group supported by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, a Center funded by NSF (Grant #EF-0553768), the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the State of California.
If you download any of the following files or use any information from GeoSymbio, please cite:
Franklin EC, Stat M, Pochon X, Putnam HM, Gates, RD (2012) GeoSymbio: a hybrid, cloud-based web application of global geospatial bioinformatics and ecoinformatics forSymbiodinium–host symbioses. Molecular Ecology Resources 12:369-373. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2011.03081.x