Carsten Guillaume Grupstra
Postdoctoral Associate
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

My research focuses on the environmental drivers of microbial community dynamics in marine metazoans. Specifically, my thesis work focuses on the natural abundances and diversity of viruses associated with tropical corals. I use coral reefs as a study system for three reasons. First, corals are sessile (non-moving) and long-lived so they can be re-sampled after timespans ranging from days to years, allowing repeated measurements of microbial diversity within individual animal genotypes. Second, because corals are clonal, they can be fragmented into small branches for use in manipulative experiments. This allows researches to control for genotype effects, i.e. variation between treatments potentially caused by differences between host genotypes. And last, corals are highly dependent on their microbial communities for the fulfillment of a range of services, so changes to the microbial community can have strong phenotypic effects on the coral host. The most well-studied example of this is coral bleaching, a phenotypic change that is potentially lethal and is caused by the loss of dinoflagellate photosynthetic endosymbionts (or photosymbionts for short).

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  1. Veglia AJ, Rivera-Vicéns RE, Grupstra CGB, Howe-Kerr LI, Correa AMS. vAMPirus: A versatile amplicon processing and analysis program for studying viruses. Mol Ecol Resour. 2024 May 22; e13978. PMID: 38775206
  2. Grupstra CGB, Gómez-Corrales M, Fifer JE, Aichelman HE, Meyer-Kaiser KS, Prada C, Davies SW. Integrating cryptic diversity into coral evolution, symbiosis and conservation. Nat Ecol Evol. 2024 Apr; 8(4):622-636.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38351091
  3. Howe-Kerr LI, Knochel AM, Meyer MD, Sims JA, Karrick CE, Grupstra CGB, Veglia AJ, Thurber AR, Vega Thurber RL, Correa AMS. Filamentous virus-like particles are present in coral dinoflagellates across genera and ocean basins. ISME J. 2023 Dec; 17(12):2389-2402. PMID: 37907732; PMCID: PMC10689786; DOI: 10.1038/s41396-023-01526-6;
  4. Howe-Kerr LI, Grupstra CGB, Rabbitt KM, Conetta D, Coy SR, Klinges JG, Maher RL, McConnell KM, Meiling SS, Messyasz A, Schmeltzer ER, Seabrook S, Sims JA, Veglia AJ, Thurber AR, Thurber RLV, Correa AMS. Viruses of a key coral symbiont exhibit temperature-driven productivity across a reefscape. ISME Commun. 2023 Apr 03; 3(1):27. PMID: 37009785; PMCID: PMC10068613; DOI: 10.1038/s43705-023-00227-7;
  5. Grupstra CGB, Lemoine NP, Cook C, Correa AMS. Thank you for biting: dispersal of beneficial microbiota through 'antagonistic' interactions. Trends Microbiol. 2022 Oct; 30(10):930-939. PMID: 35393166
  6. Grupstra CGB, Howe-Kerr LI, Veglia AJ, Bryant RL, Coy SR, Blackwelder PL, Correa AMS. Thermal stress triggers productive viral infection of a key coral reef symbiont. ISME J. 2022 May; 16(5):1430-1441. PMID: 35046559; PMCID: PMC9038915; DOI: 10.1038/s41396-022-01194-y;
  7. Grupstra CGB, Rabbitt KM, Howe-Kerr LI, Correa AMS. Fish predation on corals promotes the dispersal of coral symbionts. Anim Microbiome. 2021 Mar 22; 3(1):25. PMID: 33752761; PMCID: PMC7986512; DOI: 10.1186/s42523-021-00086-4;
  8. Leydet KP, Grupstra CGB, Coma R, Ribes M, Hellberg ME. Host-targeted RAD-Seq reveals genetic changes in the coral Oculina patagonica associated with range expansion along the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Mol Ecol. 2018 Jun; 27(11):2529-2543. PMID: 29693297
  9. Rädecker N, Pogoreutz C, Ziegler M, Ashok A, Barreto MM, Chaidez V, Grupstra CGB, Ng YM, Perna G, Aranda M, Voolstra CR. Assessing the effects of iron enrichment across holobiont compartments reveals reduced microbial nitrogen fixation in the Red Sea coral Pocillopora verrucosa. Ecol Evol. 2017 Aug; 7(16):6614-6621. PMID: 28861262

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