R.M. Parsons Laboratory
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August 6, 2018

  • Microbes sustain all of Earth’s habitats, including its largest biome, the global ocean. Microbes in the sea capture solar energy, catalyze biogeochemical transformations of important elements, produce and consume greenhouse gases, and fuel the marine food web. Measuring and modeling the distribution, composition, and function of microbial communities, and their interactions with the environment, are key to understanding these fundamental processes in the ocean.

    The Simons Foundation, which provides generous funding for several lines of research within MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, recently extended its support for microbial oceanography with the establishment of the Simons Foundation Collaboration on Ocean Computational Biogeochemical Modeling of Marine Ecosystems (CBIOMES). Led by MIT professor of oceanography Michael Follows, CBIOMES draws together an multidisciplinary group of both U.S. and international investigators bridging oceanography, statistics, data science, ecology, biogeochemistry, and remote sensing.

    The goal of CBIOMES (pronounced “sea biomes”), which...

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