Studies of Marine Eukaryotic Microbes in waters of Coastal California
The study of marine Archaea and Bacteria are much further advanced than those studying more recently evolved unicellular eukaryotes. We are working with other USC collaborators, Drs. Dave Caron and John Heidelberg, to evaluate diversity and genetic complement of marine taxa from uncultured (and unstudied) eukaryotes at a time series station in the San Pedro Time Series Station off the coast of Southern California. By sequencing portions of their genomes, we can begin to evaluate gene compliment and potential function on the oceans. These data will significantly increase genomic information on environmental microbial eukaryotes in the public domain and begin to allow detailed studies of relationships between and among prokaryote and eukaryote taxa. Graduate student Amy Koid is working on this project.