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Indonesia Sampling Trip (December 05)


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Naomi Montalvo prepared to embark for a day of SCUBA collection of sponges. (image provided by Russell Hill, 2005)

PI Russell Hill and graduate student Naomi Montalvo conducted a sample collection trip in Manado Indonesia in December 2005. The main aim was to collect samples of the sponge Xestospongia testudinaria. Naomi is comparing the microbial communities in this sponge from Indonesian waters with those in its relative Xestospongia muta from the Florida Keys. Naomi is supported partially by a supplement to Dr. Hill's Microbial Observatories award and also by a Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship.


The diverse underwater environment in Manado, Indonesia
The diverse underwater environment in Manado, Indonesia. (image provided by Russell Hill, 2005)


PI Russell Hill hunting sponges
PI Russell Hill hunting sponges. (image provided by Russell Hill, 2005)


Naomi Montalvo doing sponge microbiology in a field laboratory in Manado, Indonesia
Naomi Montalvo doing sponge microbiology in a field laboratory in Manado, Indonesia. (image provided by Russell Hill, 2005)


Processing sponge material in a field laboratory in Manado, Indonesia
Processing sponge material in a field laboratory in Manado, Indonesia. (image provided by Russell Hill, 2005)



The barrel sponge Xestospongia testudinaria. (image provided by Russell Hill, 2005)


Copyright on all images and material by Russell Hill, 2005.



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