The secret code of marine plankton.

What types of compounds and signals are passed between phytoplankton and bacteria in the ocean? Marine Sciences doctoral student Bryndan Durham discovered two previously unknown organic sulfur compounds that are released by diatoms into seawater and rapidly scavenged by nearby bacteria. Her research, with major professor Dr. Mary Ann Moran, was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (see link).

Natalie McLenaghan receives the 2015 Knauss Fellowship

Natalie McLenaghan, a Master of Science student working with Dr. Merryl Alber has received the 2015 Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship.  She will be working in the Office of Habitat Conservation in the NOAA Restoration Center, as the Gulf Restoration Science and Policy Analyst and will be involved with monitoring and assessment of damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She will start her placement in February and we wish her all the best.

 

Dr. Samantha Joye is named AAAS Fellow

Samantha Joye, UGA Athletic Association Professor of Arts and Sciences and professor of marine sciences has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon them by their peers for "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."  Dr. Joye is an expert in quantifying rates of microbial hydrocarbon metabolism and environmental geochemical signatures in natural environments.

Seminar: Nitrate reduction in cold seep habitats along the Gulf of Mexico deep slope

Dr. Lindsey Fields, a Postdoctoral Research Associate working with Dr. Mandy Joye's lab in Marine Sciences here at UGA will present a seminar titled:

"Nitrate reduction in cold seep habitats along the Gulf of Mexico deep slope"

The seminar will be Monday Dec 8 at 12:20 pm in Marine Sciences Rm 261.  The seminar will also be broadcast to the SkIO Conference Room.
 

Seminar: Microbial C- and Fe-cycling in the naturally iron fertilized Southern Ocean off Kerguelen Island (KEOPS2)

Dr. Ingrid Obernosterer from the Laboratoire d’Océanographie Microbienne (LOMIC), Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls, France will present a seminar titled: Microbial C- and Fe-cycling in the naturally iron fertilized Southern Ocean off Kerguelen Island (KEOPS2) on Monday Nov 24 in the Marine Sciences building Room 261.  See her home webpage for more information on her research interests

 

Dissertation Defense Seminar: Insights into the Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Ocean Microbes Revealed through Transcriptomics of Bacterial-Phytoplankton Model Systems

Bryndan Durham, PhD candidate in the Deparment of Microbiolgy, working with Dr. Mary Ann Moran in Marine Sciences will present her dissertation titled, "Insights into the Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Ocean Microbes Revealed through Transcriptomics of Bacterial-Phytoplankton Model Systems".

Dissertation Defense Seminar: The Influence of Environmental Factors Including Reactive Oxygen Species on the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Marine Thaumarchaeota

Bradley Tolar, PhD candidate in the Deparment of Microbiolgy, working with Dr. Tim Hollibaugh in Marine Sciences will present his dissertation titled "The Influence of Environmental Factors Including Reactive Oxygen Species on the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Marine Thaumarchaeota".

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