Description

One of two special issues of Advances in Marine Biology focusing on sponge science, it features comprehensive reviews of the latest studies that are advancing our understanding of the fascinating marine phylum Porifera. The selected contributors are internationally renowned researchers in their respective fields and provide a thorough overview of the state-of-the-art of sponge science.

Key Features

  • This volume will become a reference to marine biologists with interest in benthic ecology and biotic interactions, including symbiosis; chemical and molecular ecology; systematics, phylogeny, and evolution; sponge culture and tissue engineering

Readership

Postgraduates and researchers in marine biology, fisheries science, ecology, zoology, oceanography

Table of Contents

1- The physiology and molecular biology of sponge tissues

Sally P. Leys and April Hill

2- Sponge-microbe symbioses: recent advances and new directions

Robert W. Thacker and Christopher J. Freeman

3- Nutrient fluxes through sponges: biology, budgets, and ecological implications

Manuel Maldonado, Marta Ribes and Fleur C. van Duyl

4- Sponge chemical diversity: from biosynthetic pathways to ecological roles

Grégory Genta-Jouve and Olivier P. Thomas

5- Biosilica: molecular biology, biochemistry and function in demosponges as well

as its applied aspects for tissue engineering

Xiaohong Wang, Heinz C. Schröder, Matthias Wiens, Ute Schloßmacher and Werner

E.G. Müller

6- Cultivation of sponges, sponge cells and symbionts: achievements and future prospects

Klaske J. Schippers, Detmer Sipkema, Ronald Osinga, Hauke Smidt, Shirley A.

Pomponi, Dirk E. Martens and René H. Wijffels

Details

No. of pages:
374
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780123982728
Print ISBN:
9780123942838

About the serial-volume-editor

Michael Lesser

Educational Background Ph. D., University of Maine, Zoology, 1989 M.S., University of New Hampshire, Microbiology, 1985 B.A., University of New Hampshire, Microbiology, Minor: Zoology, 1983 A.S. George Washington University, Medical Laboratory Science, 1977 Courses Taught Biological Oceanography, Physiological Ecology, Marine Biology, Marine Microbiology, General Microbiology, Immunology, Biology and Ecology of Coral Reefs Current Research Interests My principal focus involve understanding how taxonomically diverse marine organisms respond physiologically to changes in their environment. In particular I'm interested in how organismal physiology can influence the ecology of marine organisms. As a physiological ecologist my students and I answer these types of questions by utilizing field and laboratory experiments, as well as a wide range of techniques from molecular biology to in situ measurements. Currently my research encompasses four major areas; 1) Biochemistry and molecular genetics of oxidative stress in marine organisms associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation, elevated temperatures, or hyperoxic conditions. 2) Physiological ecology of marine invertebrates and phytoplankton, physiological responses to changes in the environment, bacterial- and algal-invertebrate symbioses, and the trophic biology of suspension-feeding invertebrates. 3) Ecology and photobiology of mesophotic coral reefs. 4) Underwater technology, use of technical diving for scientific research. Selected Publications Lesser MP. Using Energetic Budgets to Assess the Effects of Environmental Stress on Corals: Are We Measuring the Right Things? Coral Reefs, 32: 25-33, 2013. Brazeau, D., M. P. Lesser, and M. Slattery. Genome-wide Sampling of Genetic Structure in the Coral, Montastraea cavernosa: Assessing Population Connectivity Among Mesophotic Reefs. PLoS ONE, 8(5): e65845, 2013. Lesser, M. P., Stat, M., and R. D. Gates. The Endosymbiotic Din

Affiliations and Expertise

University of New Hampshire, USA