Salt marshes are highly productive ecosystems and their ability to store carbon is one way we can help fight the battle against climate change. We are working to understand what controls rates of carbon storage in marsh sediments.
Microbes rule the world but we know precious little about how these microbes function in coastal wetlands. By reconstructing genomes from metagenomic data, we can learn about the interconnected genetic pathways that regulate their function.
Research on the human microbiome has taught us a tremendous amount about animal microbe interactions. Many commercially important marine organisms also have microbiomes. We are working to understand their role in organism health.