THE IMPACT OF SYMBIOTIC MICROBES ON MARINE ECOSYSTEMS
How do symbionts influence host ecology?
How do symbionts participate in ecosystem processes like productivity and biogeochemical cyles?
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 the Beinart Lab unites these two important ideas.
Our 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.
We employ a unique integrative approach, bringing together insights from physiological experiments, molecular-based ‘omics tools, physico-chemical measurements, and community surveys.