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Marine Microbes (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Microbial Ecology in the Era of 'omics'


June 23-24, 2012


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy


Jill A. Sohm

Associate Chair:
Cheryl-Emiliane Chow

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Marine Microbes is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to discuss how shifts in marine microbial community structure and species interactions shape the ecology and biogeochemistry of the seas, and how to integrate diverse methodological approaches to answer these questions. Specifically, ‘omic’ technologies, from genomic to proteomic, have great potential to provide new insights into marine microbial communities, but how can we integrate these technologies with physiological studies in situ and of cultured isolates that are still critical to understanding marine microbiology. Additionally, a keynote talk will be given by E. Virginia Armbrust from the Univeristy of Washington.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Marine Microbes" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Address
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmE. Virginia Armbrust (University of Washington)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session I
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmThe Use Of 'omics' And Modeling Technologies In The Study Of Marine Microbial Ecology
Discussion Leaders: Jody Wright (University of British Columbia) and Gabrielle Rocap (University of Washington)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmChristina Bienhold (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology)
"Global biogeographic patterns of bacterial communities in deep-sea surface sediments"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmVaughn Iverson (University of Washington)
"Untangling Genomes from Metagenomes: Revealing the Life Strategies of the Uncultured Majority"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pmErin Bertrand (J. Craig Venter Institute)
"Molecular ecophysiology of vitamin B12 acquisition and use in eukaryotic phytoplankton"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pmJames Clark (University of Exeter)
"Controls on phytoplankton cell size distributions in contrasting physical environments"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amIntegrating Emerging Technologies Into The Study Of Marine Microbial Biogeochemistry
Discussion Leaders: Catarina Magalhães (CIIMAR, University of Porto) and Raffaella Casotti (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAlyse Hawley (University of British Colombia)
"Spatial and temporal dynamics of nitrogen loss processes in a seasonally anoxic basin"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amJamie Becker (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
"Around the Loop: Dissolved Organic Matter from Biological Source to Sink"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amNaomi Levine (Harvard University)
"Environmental, Biochemical, and Genetic Drivers of DMSP Degradation and DMS Production in the Sargasso Sea"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amSheri Floge (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences)
"Persistent virus infections in eukaryotic marine phytoplankton"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmKeys to Successful Grant Writing
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel discussion with Lisa Campbell (Texas A&M University) and Johanna Wesnigk (Northwest Marine Research Association)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill out GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.
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