The mission of the Oceanic Microbial Observatory is to assess the role that microbial processes and community structure play in governing large scale ocean biogeochemistry such as the ocean carbon cycle.

Fantail of the RV Atlantic Explorer

Dissolved organic matter (DOM) represents the largest pool of reduced carbon in the ocean. Despite being such a large and important pool of organic matter the oceanographic community has suffered from a paucity of high quality DOM data. The goal of these projects is to quantify and characterize the distribution patterns of DOM and its constituents across the major basins of the global ocean.

Coastal Oceanography

Through a number of collaborative projects such as the NSF sponsored Diatom and DOM (PIs Carlson and Brzezinski), the SBC LTER (PI Reed) and the NASA sponsored Plumes and Blooms (PI D. Siegel) projects we investigate the role that microbes play in the biogeochemistry of the Santa Barbara Channel.

Microbial Ecology and Coral Reefs

We examine the microbial interaction with water column biogeochemistry in the coral reef system of Moorea. This work is conducted through a number of collaborative projects including the NSF sponsored MCR LTER project.