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Marine Microbial Ecology Lab

We will be open to the public on Discovery Day, April 20th 2013 from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. We are located in the Wiese Hall, Room 104.

     Bacteria and Archaea are the least obvious, but most abundant organisms in the world. These organisms have been found in every environment that has been investigated, from the hottest to the coldest. With the oceans covering 70% of the planet, Bacteria and Archaea in the oceans are important components of the total biodiversity on Earth and integral to biogeochemical cycles in coastal   Microscopic Cells and viruses
Cells and viruses from a hot spring in Yellowstone Park.
waters, the open ocean and the deep sea. Viruses are even more abundant than microbial cells on Earth. Every organism, from single-celled Bacteria and Archaea to complex plants and animals, can be infected by viruses. These viruses can cause diseases and death, but can also drive evolution and maintain diversity within the host species.
     In the Marine Microbial Ecology Lab, we are interested in learning more about the role of microbes in marine ecosystems. Because Bacteria and Archaea are capable of influencing the types and rates of nutrient cycling, they may have an important role in structuring ecosystems. This can include the availability of inorganic nutrients, the production or removal of organic nutrients and the food available to higher trophic levels. In the lab, we use field sampling and laboratory culturing and experiments to characterize the role these microbes are playing. We are also interested in how viral infections can change the cycling of nutrients, either through changes to the rates or changes to the microbial community diversity.   Florida Microbes
You can't see them, but microbes are everywhere, even in a complex community like this one off the shore of Navarre Beach, FL.






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