Impacts of Beach Oiling on Coastal Microbes

April 17th, 2014 @

The beach ecosystems along the northern Gulf Coast underwent a major disturbance in the months following the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and its release of the equivalent of 4.9 million barrels of oil.  In 2013 Bay Paul Center scientists published a study of the changes in microbial community composition from oil hydrocarbon contaminated sands at 7 coastal sites that experienced […]

New Methods for Detecting Variation in Microbial Communities

April 8th, 2014 @

Bacteria comprise the most diverse domain of life on Earth, where they occupy nearly every possible ecological niche and play key roles in biological and chemical processes. Studying the composition and ecology of bacterial ecosystems and understanding their function are of prime importance. Standard methods of analyzing microbial communities often fail to resolve ecologically meaningful […]

Huber Lab Research Update

April 8th, 2014 @

The laboratory of Julie Huber is investigating the microbial communities of the rocky subseafloor at Axial Seamount, an active submarine volcano that is part of the NSF Oceans Observatory Initiative seafloor cabled observatory.  In 2013 they reported the first combined molecular and microscopical analysis of microbial communities in a “snowblower vent,” an ephemeral and uncommonly observed […]

Uncovering the Secret World of the Plastisphere

February 28th, 2014 @

HONOLULU – Scientists are revealing how microbes living on floating pieces of plastic marine debris affect the ocean ecosystem, and the potential harm they pose to invertebrates, humans and other animals. New research being presented here today delves deeper into the largely unexplored world of the “Plastisphere” – an ecological community of microbial organisms living […]