Research

Our research addresses questions related to the responses of microbial populations, communities, and ecosystems to changes in the resource environment. Specifically, we ask questions related to how the supply and diversity of resources alters the composition and function of communities, and how the traits and species interactions link structure and function. To answer these questions, we use a mixture of field, lab, bioinformatics, and theoretical approaches. Using these diverse approaches our research bridges microbiology and community and ecosystem ecology.

Metabolism

Microbial Metabolism

Microbial metabolic rates link the composition of microbial communities to aquatic carbon dynamics. We use a mixture of theory, lab experiments, and field observations to study to metabolism of microbial communities and the consequences for ecosystem function

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Heterogeneity

Resource Heterogeneity

While often considered a homologous pool, many resources exist as heterogeneous mixtures of multiple chemical forms. We use a mixture of lab experiments and field observations to study how the heterogeneity of resources contributes to microbial diversity and ecosystem function.

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Traits

Microbial Traits

Microbial traits link community composition to species interactions and ecosystem function. We use a mixture of bioinformatics, genomics, lab experiments, and field observations to study the traits that regulate the species interactions and ecosystem function.

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Other

Other Projects

We also have a number of other project and collaborations exploring the microbial ecology across ecosystems.

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