Life’s Rich Pageant: The Amazing Feats of Marine Microbes, and What They Tell Us About Life On Earth and Beyond

Fri 3 Apr 2020

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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Speaker: Peter R. Girguis (Harvard University)

Oceanography came to fruition in the 19th century, when scientists set out to survey the ocean — from surface to seafloor— and determine if and where animal life existed in the deep sea. Since those early, heady days scientists have discovered that microbes also flourish throughout (and indeed beneath) the ocean. Today, marine scientists continue to explore the ocean using ships, submersibles, and robots. Recently developed sensor and sampler technologies are providing us with new insights at an unprecedented rate. Equally important, many of these new technologies democratize access to the ocean, enabling scholars around the world to further participate in research and exploration.  

Our lab focuses on conducting “omics-informed” experiments to measure metabolic activity in a variety of organisms. We also develop tools to make in situ geochemical measurements. We also extend the application of these technologies to other environs, including the search for life on the outer moons  of our solar system.  All together our research efforts are aimed at furthering our understanding of the relationship among animals, microbes, and their abiotic surroundings, to bring technologies to the broader community of scientists who do not have access to such tools, and to present our data in the most comprehensible manner to policymakers and others who govern the fate of our ocean and, ultimately, our biosphere.



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