My research group studies the chemical signatures of microorganisms to understand the feedbacks between the global cycles of carbon and nitrogen and climate in the past, present and future. I use the tools of organic chemistry and collaborate broadly with molecular biologists to study the metabolic capabilities of microorganisms and their interactions with each other and their environment.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
A central hypothesis being tested on the cruise is that, “in complex, seemingly chaotic microbial communities, the dynamics of microbial interactions, matter transformations and energy transfer are actually very orderly, and precisely regulated in time,” says Edward DeLong, a microbial oceanographer at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, and one of the project’s principal investigators. In other words, if the motions of the microbial world operate like a finely tuned orchestra, the scientists want to find the conductor and understand the instrumental interactions.
UW Oceanography faculty Ginger Armbrust and Anitra Ingalls are SCOPE collaborators and participated in this expedition.
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