Typical lab meeting, Photo by David Needham, January 2015

Fuhrman Lab: Spring 2015

Marine Microbial Ecology

Research in the Fuhrman Lab focuses on microbial biodiversity and how viruses, bacteria, archaea, protists, and primary producers interact to shape the network of microorganisms functioning in the marine environment. Using field and laboratory experiemnts in conjunction with molecular, bioinformatic, and statistical tools, we investigate temporal and spatial patterns of diversity, taking advantage of over 15 years of monthly data from our USC Microbial Observatory at the San Pedro Ocean Time Series (SPOT) as well as other data from around the world. Ongoing research emphasizes the roles of viruses and protists on shaping the bacterial and archaeal populations, specifically seeking to link particular organisms within their complex network of associations.


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