Santoro Lab to join NASA EXPORTS program

May 16, 2018

Our lab will join an exciting team of scientists in the North Pacific this summer to investigate if microbial respiration on sinking particles is an important term in the carbon budget of the upper ocean. In collaboration with Phil Boyd at the University of Tasmania, we will use in situ incubation chambers that capture particles and measure oxygen consumption without having to remove the particles (or their associated microbes) from the ocean. These rate measurements will be coupled to measurements of microbial functional and taxonomic diversity to see if higher rates are associated with specific microbial community members.

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