Seminar on Microbial Importance in an Ecosystem
Join University of Rhode Island's Dr. Roxanne Beinart for her seminar titled, "Linking microbial symbiont activity to ecosystem processes" on April 26th at 4:00 pm in the OIMB Boathouse Auditorium (63466 Boat Basin Rd, Charleston). Admission is free and all are welcome!
This is part of the Spring 2019 OIMB Seminar Series running from April through June.
Marine microbes critically influence global primary productivity, biogeochemical cycling, and oceanic food webs. Today, we also recognize that the overwhelming majority of eukaryotic organisms are symbiotically associated with microbes. Research in Beinart's lab unites these two important ideas with the novel question: what are the roles of symbiotic microbes in marine ecosystems? They employ a unique integrative approach to the physiology and ecology of symbiotic microbes and their hosts, bringing together insights from physiological experiments, molecular-based ‘omics tools, physico-chemical measurements, and community surveys. Her research aims to describe the mechanistic links among symbiont physiology, ecological processes, and biogeochemical cycles, with the ultimate goal of advancing knowledge of the function and significance of microbes in marine ecosystems.