Dr. Cara Fiore

My research includes three focus areas: symbiosis between sponges and microbes, nutrient cycling on coral reefs, and marine microbial ecology and physiology. Much of my work has been focused on the Caribbean, but I have worked on deep water sponge reefs, shallow temperate water habitats, and laboratory grown cultures of marine microbes. At ASU I have been focused on characterizing the diversity of freshwater sponges in Western North Carolina and understanding their ecology. I am also using the freshwater alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, to investigate the physiological response of algae to nutrient limitation. More information about by research can be found at my website

Title: Assistant Professor, Marine Microbiology
Department: Department of Biology

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Phone: (828) 262-7548

Office address
Rankin Science South 214