The majority of my current position is serving as the Director of USC Sea Grant.
However, I also undertake research related to microbial ecology. Microbial communities are of more than just a scientific curiosity. Microbes represent the single largest source of evolutionary and biochemical diversity on the planet. They are the major agents for cycling carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and other elements through the ecosystem.
My research aims to describe and understand patterns of microbial diversity and to evaluate roles role in the food web and the cycling of elements in the environment. I use DNA and RNA-based molecular approaches to evaluate microbial ecosystems, then pair these technical approaches with lab and field studies.
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