Provides an online, easy to use and freely accessible interface for users to discover, explore and utilize global geospatial bioinformatic and ecoinformatic data on Symbiodinium-host symbioses. GeoSymbio proposes a variety of query and visualization tools, including dynamic searchable maps, data tables with filter and grouping functions, and interactive charts that summarize the data. Importantly, this application is hosted remotely or ‘in the cloud’ using Google Apps, and therefore does not require any specialty geographic information systems (GIS), web programming or data programming expertise from the user. GeoSymbio utilizes Symbiodinium data based on the internal transcribed space 2 (ITS2) genetic marker from PCR-based techniques, including denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis, sequencing and cloning of specimens collected during 1982–2010. All data elements of the application are also downloadable as spatial files, tables and nucleic acid sequence files in common formats for desktop analysis.
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kaneohe, HI, USA
GeoSymbio funding source(s)
This work was supported by the National Marine Sanctuary Program (memorandum of agreement 2005-008⁄66882), the US Environmental Protection Agency Science To Achieve Results (STAR) PhD Fellowship (FP917096 and FP917199), the US National Science Foundation (NSF) for grants through Biological Oceanography (OCE- 0752604, OCE-1041673) and the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program (NSF 04-17412).