Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology
Department of Oceanography
School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology
My research focuses on the role of microbes in biogeochemical cycling. In particular I look at how microbes produce and consume climate-relevant trace gases. My fieldwork is conducted in the open ocean as part of oceanographic research expeditions and in the laboratory on cultures of phytoplankton.
Microbial metabolism is a key component of ecosystem function. Tracking the flow of carbon from the initial production of biomass via photosynthesis, through the food web to eventual export or remineralization will aid in modeling the inputs and outputs of the ecosystem.
IMPACT TO HAWAII
My research benefits Hawaii through the greater understanding of the local environment and helping the University to be at the forefront of ocean research