[Coral-List] Fwd: Lionfish Tissue Repository -- lionfish invasion research‏

Dr. C. Mark Eakin mark.eakin at noaa.gov
Thu Jul 15 11:58:19 EDT 2010

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> Subject: DCMC: Lionfish Tissue Repository -- lionfish invasion research‏
> I am writing to make you aware of the Lionfish Tissue Repository (LTR) -- http://lionfish-invasion.blogspot.com/ -- a project jointly managed by NOAA (Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research) and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF).
> The LTR is a large, multi-national collaborative effort intended to maintain tissue samples for research into the ecological and evolutionary processes driving the ongoing invasion of lionfish (Pterois spp.) in the Caribbean and western Atlantic. There are currently well over 2,000 tissue samples from fish throughout the Caribbean and representing a decade-long time period from the eastern coast of the US. As samples continue to accumulate, we expect that this tissue repository will yield a uniquely detailed genetic history of a major marine invasion.
> HOW CAN YOU HELP? -- In order to improve the value of the LTR, we need broad spatial and temporal coverage of lionfish tissue samples throughout the invaded range. If you have lionfish tissue samples, or can get them, you may be able to contribute substantially to this critical research effort; this is particularly true if you have access to samples from regions not currently represented in the LTR.
> To contribute to the LTR, or to keep abreast of the latest news and research, please visit the LTR blog (http://lionfish-invasion.blogspot.com/). Dr. James Morris (James.Morris at noaa.gov) coordinates the LTR, and is the point of contact for inquires and contributions.
> With thanks!
> Brice X. Semmens, Ph. D.

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