The department has teaching and research interests in many aspects of Biology from the cellular and molecular level to organismal to global ecological and conservation issues

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lobster Virus in the Bahamas?

MARK BUTLER, professor and eminent scholar of Biological Sciences recently received funding for a research project titled, "Assessment of PAV1Virus Prevalence in Bahamian Lobster Fishery" This work is funded by the World Wildlife Fund.

Dr Butler and his research team have been investigating a virus (PAV1) that infects and kills, in particular the juvenile stages of, the Caribbean spiny lobsters.  This virus affects both the biology and ecology of the lobsters and as such poses a threat to lobster fisheries throughout the Caribbean. This study will help determine the prevalence of the virus in the lobsters of the Bahamas.