National Geographic Visits Geology Department

Posted on 08.23.2015

Bruce Fouke's research on black band disease, a bacterial infection in coral, caught the attention of the National Geographic Society this year. Writers for the magazine first contacted him last spring, having surfed the web for researchers working on coral disease. An underwater photograph of diseased coral taken by the Fouke research group was published in the map insert of the September 2002 issue of the magazine. The writers and a film crew then visited Urbana-Champaign last fall, where they were given a full tour of the department's new geomicrobiology lab facility. A documentary is now being assembled describing the newly emergent field of geomicrobiology and may include the work being done in the Fouke lab on the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park and the coral reefs of the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific. Fouke's research is funded by the Office of Naval Research Environmental Toxicology and Genetic Markers program and by the National Science Foundation Biocomplexity in the Environment program.