Oregon State University
OMEL - Ocean Microbial Ecology Laboratory

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Our Focus

The ocean is a vast habitat that supports incredible biological diversity. Most of this diversity appears in the form of microbes that, although invisible to the naked eye, are key players in the stability of the Earth’s climate and the composition of the air we breathe. They do this by controlling the flow, transformation and storage of elements such as carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. In turn, changes in Earth’s climate can impact the composition and activity of marine microbial assemblages.

Our research group is interested in characterizing the microbial diversity and abundance in the marine environment; we try to understand how this diversity affects the above mentioned elemental flows and how it varies in space and time due to physical, chemical, and biological factors. In order to achieve this goal we use a broad spectrum of research tools and platforms, ranging from sensors onboard satellites, to field expeditions, and laboratory experiments.


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