Rebecca Vega Thurber
Assistant Professor
Florida International University
Biology Department,
North Miami, FL, USA


As a microbial ecologist and virologist, my work uses interdisciplinary and high technology approaches to address questions about how organisms and their associated microbiota adapt at the molecular, cellular, and community levels to changes in the environment. The long term focus of my work is to investigate the intimate relationship between marine host species and their bacterial and/or viral counterparts. Using a combination of empirical experimentation, field work, metagenomics, and molecular biology, my research provides important insight into a variety of fields including: virology, microbiology, coral reef ecology, animal physiology, and the evolution of symbioses.


Coral Virology and Microbiology

Microbial Ecology of Tropical Reefs

Herbivore Project


Acknowledgment and Disclaimer:
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 0925454 & 0960937. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.