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.
Marine Sciences faculty member Mary Ann Moran has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity program, along with co-PIs William Whitman in the Department of Microbiology, Ron Kiene at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and Jim Birch and Chris Scholin at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. This project will explore the regulation of organic sulfur metabolism in marine bacteria and its effects on the emission of climate-relevant sulfur gas to the atmosphere.