From the ASM blog: To address the major areas that may be affected by changing microbial processes, the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Geophysical Union convened a Colloquium in March 2016. Bringing together expert representatives from the two communities enabled a discussion to examine a number of important issues across scientific disciplines. This is the first collaboration between the two scientific societies, whose combined worldwide members number over 115,000, on this important topic. “Microbes drive essential transformations in all global elemental cycles. They are really the movers and the shakers of the planet,” said Colloquium Steering Committee member Mary Ann Moran. “This AAM and AGU Colloquium brought together experts in two key fields – microbiology and earth sciences – to consider how microbes might respond to, and potentially mitigate, the effects of climate change.” The issues discussed have been summarized in an FAQ Report, now published and available online.
Mary Ann Moran, Brian Hopkinson and Samantha Joye all convened with many others in this effort to summarize current knowledge of the role of microbes in climate change. A lot of hard work went into this research, and we are always proud of our researchers who work so hard to understand, analyze and interpret climate change and the effect it has on our oceans. Please, take a minute to look at the FAQ mentioned above here, and read the full article from the ASM blog here.