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The Sapelo Island Microbial Observatory (SIMO) is improving understanding of the fate of terrestrial and marine-derived dissolved organic matter in the coastal ocean through a focus on bacterial community gene expression patterns. This project was funded in October, 2007 by the National Science Foundation.

Current Research

– Seasonal surveys of bacterioplankton community gene expression using direct mRNA retrieval and sequencing (metatranscriptomics).

– Identification of bacterial functional assemblages driving marine carbon cycling using flow cytometric cell sorting and targeted DNA sequencing.

– Seasonal surveys of bacterial and archaeal diversity by deep sequencing of amplified 16S rRNA genes.

– Statistical and bioinformatic tool development for environmental sequence analysis.

– Microarray-based studies of metabolism of carbon cycle-relevant compounds by model bacterioplankton.


The Sapelo Island Microbial Observatory is funded by the National Science Foundation

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant number MCB-0702125. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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