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SHALLOW- AND DEEP-WATER
CHEMOSYNTHETIC SYMBIOSES

The Beinart lab investigates the ecology and physiology of symbiosis between invertebrates (primarily snails and bivalves) and chemosynthetic bacteria. These are found in both shallow- and deep-water habitats with high concentrations of reduced chemicals (e.g., sulfide, hydrogen, methane)  that the symbionts can use for energy.

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HYDROTHERMAL VENT SNAILS FROM THE SOUTHWESTERN PACIFIC

MUSSELS FROM NEW ENGLAND COLD SEEPS

AWNING CLAMS FROM COASTAL RHODE ISLAND