San Diego State University

Being a marine microbial ecologist, Dr. Forest Rohwer sees a coral reef as a finely-tuned community in which the microbes and viruses are major players. Recognizing their importance, he pioneered the use of metagenomics as a means to characterize these previously inscrutable organisms and to investigate their role in coral reef health and disease. For his scientific contributions, he has received numerous awards including the prestigious Young Investigators Award of the International Society of Microbial Ecology.

The Rohwer Lab | Lab Website


Barott, K, J Caselle, E Dinsdale, A Friedlander, J Maragos, D Obura, F Rohwer, S Sandin, JE Smith, B Zgliczynski (in review) Natural history of the lagoon at Caroline/Millennium Atoll, Republic of Kiribati.

Wegley Kelly, L, KL Barott, E Dinsdale, B Nosrat, D Obura, S Sandin, JE Smith, D Willner, F Rohwer (in review) Black reefs and iron enrichment

Dinsdale EA and F Rohwer (2010; accepted) Fish or germs? Microbial dynamics associated with changing trophic structures on coral reefs. Book chapter.

Barott, K, JE Smith, E Dinsdale, M Hatay, SA Sandin, F Rohwer (2009) Hyperspectral and physiological analyses of coral-algal interactions. PLoS One. 4(11). 1-9.

Thurber, RV, D Willner-Hall, B Rodriguez-Mueller, C Desnues, RA Edwards, F Angly, EA Dinsdale, L Kelly, F Rohwer (2009) Metagenomic analysis of stressed coral holobionts.Environmental Microbiology. 11(5). 1-16.

Thurber, RLV, Barott, KL, Willner-Hall, D, Liu, H, Rodriguez-Mueller, B, Desnues, C, Edwards, RA, Haynes, M, Angly, FE, Wegley, L, Rohwer, F (2008) Metagenomic analysis indicates that stressors induce production of herpes-like viruses in the coral Porites compressa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 105 (47). 18413–18418.

Marhaver KL, RA Edwards, F Rohwer (2008) Viral communities associated with healthy and bleaching corals. Environmental Microbiology. 10 (9). 2277-2286.

Dinsdale, EA, O Pantos, S Smriga, RA Edwards, F Angly, L Wegley, M Hatay, D Hall, E Brown, M Haynes, L Krause, E Sala, SA Sandin, RV Thurber, BL Willis, F Azam, N Knowlton, F Rohwer (2008) Microbial ecology of four coral atolls in the Northern Line Islands. PLoS One. 3(2) e1584. 1-17.

Sandin, SA, JE Smith, EE DeMartini, EA Dinsdale, SD Donner, AM Friedlander, T Konotchick, M Malay, JE Maragos, D Obura, O Pantos, G Paulay, M Richie, F Rohwer, RE Schroeder, S Walsh, JBC Jackson, N Knowlton, E Sala. (2008) Baselines and degradation of coral reefs in the northern Line Islands. PLoS ONE. 3(2) e1584. 1-11.

Wegley, L, R Edwards, B Rodriguez-Brito, Hong Liu, F Rohwer (2007) Metagenomic analysis of the microbial community associated with the coral Porites astreoides. Environmental Microbiology. 9 (11). 2707-2719.

Beman, MJ, KJ Roberts, L Wegley, F Rohwer, CA Francis (2007) Distribution and diversity of archaeal ammonia monooxygenase (amoA) genes associated with corals. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 73 (17). 5642-5647.

Rosenberg E, CA Kellogg, F Rohwer (2007) Coral microbiology. Oceanography. 20 (2) 114- 122.

Johnston IS, F Rohwer (2007) Microbial landscapes on the outer tissue surfaces of the reef- building coral Porites compressa. Coral Reefs. 26 (2). 375-383.

Smith JE, M Shaw, RA Edwards, M Hatay, D Obura, O Pantos, E Sala, SA Sandin, S Smriga, F Rohwer (2006) Effects of algae on coral: Algal-mediated, microbe-induced coral mortality. Ecology Letters. 9 (7). 835-845.

Kline, D, N Kuntz, M Brietbart, N Knowlton, F Rohwer (2006) The unexpected and critical role of elevated organic carbon in coral mortality. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 314. 119-125.

Kline, D, J Bryant, E Kisflaudy, G Rohwer, F Nostropaur, J Grayson, N Knowlton, F Rohwer (2006) The aquatic automated dosing and maintenance system (AADAMS). Limnology and Oceanography Methods. 4. 184-192.

Kuntz, NM, D Kline, SA Sandin, F Rohwer (2005) Organic carbon and nutrient stressors cause different pathologies and mortality rates in three Caribbean coral species. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 294. 173-180.

Breitbart, M, R Bhagooli, S Griffin, I Johnston, F Rohwer (2005) Microbial communities associated with skeletal tumors on Porites compressa. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 243. 431–

436. Hatay, M, N Kuntz, F Rohwer (2005) SPIDERS: A syringe pump system for long-term dosing underwater. Limnology and Oceanography Methods. 3. 38–45.

Wegley, L, Y Yu, M Breitbart, V Casas, D Kline, F Rohwer (2004) Coral-associated Archaea. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 273. 89-96.

F Rohwer and S Kelley (2004) Corals as Microbial Landscapes. In: E Rosenberg and Y Loya (eds). Coral Health and Disease. Book Chapter.

Casas, V, D Kline, L Wegley, Y Yu, M Breitbart, F Rohwer (2004) Bacterial communities associated with healthy and white band type I diseased Acroporid corals. Environmental Microbiology. 6(11). 1137-1148.

Knowlton, N, and F Rohwer (2003) Microbial mutualisms on coral reefs: The host as a habitat. American Naturalist. 162. S51-S62.

Rohwer, F, V Seguritan, F Azam, and N Knowlton. (2002) Diversity and distribution of coral- associated bacteria. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 243. 1-10.

Rohwer, F, M Breitbart, J Java, F Azam, N Knowlton (2001) Microbial diversity of scleractinian corals. Coral Reefs. 20 (1). 85-95.