Sampling for Giant Viruses

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Tony Gilbert, Program Director
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SeaKeeper Vessel Discovery
Miami Florida
April 9, 2022

Research Team

Dr. Mohammad Moniruzzaman and Brad Weiler

Purpose of Research

The purpose of the study is to see if viruses, specifically giant viruses and other pathogens are present in Biscayne Bay and further offshore coastal waters off of Miami Beach.

Duration of Project

2022 - Present

Program Overview

On April 9th, 2022, The International SeaKeepers Society (SeaKeepers) assisted Dr. Mohammad Moniruzzaman (Dr. Monir) of the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science aboard SeaKeepers' Vessel DISCOVERY in taking baseline water samples of Miami's Biscayne Bay in the search for, "giant viruses," viruses with very large genomes.

Samples were collected from Biscayne Bay, as well as, offshore just east of Miami Beach. Dr. Monir will use the information he collects on these marine microbial communities to designate additional locations for continued sampling and further research.


A broader application of this research might involve better detection of viruses in marine and aquatic environments, and a better understanding of the transmission of pathogens from water to humans so that the public can be better protected from disease.

Expedition Goal

The goal of this expedition is to establish sampling sites for long term testing and observation, with the hopes of being able to better describe and analyze human interaction with microbial communities in coastal environments.


Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida