The Ecosystems Center
New collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute
Elena Lopez Peredo and Zoe Cardon will collaborate with the DOE’s Joint Genome Institute to sequence the genomes of two remarkably desiccation tolerant green algae isolated from microbiotic soil crusts in the southwestern U.S., as well as two desiccation intolerant aquatic relatives. How can desert-dwelling algal species survive extreme drought, while other closely-related species desiccate and die? Somewhere in their genomes, there is something coded completely differently, and Lopez Peredo and colleagues aim to pinpoint what the differences are.
Anne Giblin Named Interim Director of MBL Ecosystems Center
Marine Biological Laboratory senior scientist Anne Giblin has been named interim director of the Ecosystems Center. Giblin has been a member of the MBL faculty for more than three decades. Her research focuses on the cycling of elements in the environment and understanding how ecosystems respond to high nutrient inputs from wastewater and fertilizer.
Creation of National Microbiome Initiative
Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a new, National Microbiome Initiative, and senior scientists Zoe Cardon and David Mark Welch represented the MBL, and Jack Gilbert represented the new UChicago/Argonne/MBL Microbiome Center, at the event in Washington, DC. The National Microbiome Initiative has emerged over the last several years from the growing recognition that microbes are at the core of organismal health and ecosystem services sustaining humanity world-wide.