Cabo Rojo Salterns Microbial Observatory

University of Puerto Rico at Humacao



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Research and Publications

Education & Outreach

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Lilliam Casillas

Pieter Visscher

Carlos Ríos-Velázquez

Wilson Ramírez

Sharon Cantrell

José R. Pérez-Jiménez

Lilliam Casillas, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico- Humacao


Molecular ecology experiments and other experiments regarding the construction of mutants and culture bacteria. Training of undergraduate students in their respective projects.

Pieter Visscher, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator

Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut


Geochemical studies and experiments regarding mineral precipitation by microbes.  In charge of the overall coordination of the Geomicrobiology summer workshops.

Carlos Ríos-Velázquez, Ph.D.

Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez


Responsible for the experimental sections regarding metagenomics and proteomics and the training of undergraduate students from the UPR- Mayagüez.

Wilson Ramírez, Ph.D.

Geology Department, University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez


Isotopic characterization of minerals and X-ray diffraction analysis.

Sharon Cantrell, Ph.D.

Biology Department, Turabo University


Mycologist.  Identification of fungi isolated from the several locations at the study site in the Cabo Rojo Salterns.

José R. Pérez-Jiménez, Ph.D.

Turabo University


Specialist in t-RFLP and phylogenetic analyses.

 Web page designed by Beatriz Hernández Machado

Updated by Ángel Casanova

Last revision February 2010