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Marine Microbes
Small Microbes, Big Data
June 22-27, 2014
Bentley University
Waltham, MA
Chair:
Gabrielle Rocap

Vice Chair:
Catherine Legrand

Related Meeting Information
The Marine Microbes Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Marine Microbes Gordon Research Seminar. Please refer to the Marine Microbes GRS web page for more information.

The theme of the sixth Gordon Conference in marine microbes is "Small microbes, big data". The Conference will present and discuss cutting-edge research on marine microbiology with a focus on the challenges and opportunities of integrating and synthesizing diverse datastreams to elucidate the role of marine microorganisms in driving global biogeochemical cycles. The Conference will feature a wide range of topics relevant to the broad diversity of marine microbes (Bacteria, Archaea, phytoplankton, protists, viruses) such as single cell techniques, organism specific and community wide "omics" approaches, ocean observing and time series, individual based and global scale modeling, microbial interactions, population biology, evolution, and responses to a changing environment on short and long time scales.

The Conference will bring together the international community of marine microbiologists. It will feature presentations of unpublished work by investigators at the forefront of the field, and will provide opportunities for junior scientists and graduate students to present their work in poster format and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. The collegial atmosphere of this Conference, with extensive discussion sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides an ideal setting for scientists from different disciplines to exchange ideas, brainstorm and discuss cross-disciplinary collaborations.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmInsights from Model Systems
Discussion Leader: Mak Saito (WHOI)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pm Penny Chisholm (MIT)
"Prochlorococcus: Power Through Diversity and Community"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pm Chris Bowler (Ecole Normale Supérieure)
"Genomics-Based Exploration of the Secrets of Marine Diatoms"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMicrobes in the Wild
Discussion Leader: Bethany Jenkins (University of Rhode Island)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Sonya Dyhrman (Columbia University)
"Metatranscriptome Based Profiling of Phytoplankton Nutritional Physiology; Tracking Drivers of Bloom Dynamics"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Kay Bidle (Rutgers University)
"A Tug of War at Sea: Arms Races Across a Mandala of Phytoplankton-Virus Interactions"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Victoria Coles (University of Maryland)
"Ship to Silicon: Exploring Genomics and Transcriptomics Along the Amazon River Plume"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEvolutionary Genomics
Discussion Leader: Chris Dupont (JCVI)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Tal Dagan (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel)
"Trends and Barriers for Plasmid- and Phage- Mediated Lateral Gene Transfer"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Jesse Shapiro (University of Montreal)
"Microbial Evolution on Human Time Scales"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmAssessing Diversity
Discussion Leader: Lisa Zeigler-Allen (JCVI)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Titus Brown (MSU)
"How Much Is Enough? Reference-Free Estimation of Sequencing Depth, Community Diversity, and Community Richness"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Linda Amaral Zettler (MBL)
"The Plastisphere: Diversity, Function and Fate"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Ramiro Logares (CSIC)
"A Global Perspective of Deep-Sea Protists"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmViruses
Discussion Leader: Assaf Vardi (Weizmann Institute of Science)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Mya Breitbart (USF)
"Time-Series Analysis Reveals Recurring Patterns in the Abundance and Diversity of Marine Viruses"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Joshua Weitz (Georgia Tech)
"Modeling Ocean Viral Dynamics: From Infections to Ecosystem-Level Effects"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLow Oxygen Zones: Past, Present and Future
Discussion Leader: Alyson Santoro (University of Maryland)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Sean Crowe (UBC)
"Photoferrotrophy in Ancient Ferruginous Oceans"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Frank Stewart (Georgia Tech)
"Meta-Omic Insights into Metabolic Niche Partitioning in Anoxic Oxygen Minimum Zones"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Curtis Deutsch (University of Washington)
"Microbial Ecosystem Dynamics Drive Oscillating N Cycles in the Oxygen Minimum Zones"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDigging in to DOM
Discussion Leader: Catherine Legrand (Linnaeus University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Liz Kujawinski (WHOI)
"Using Metabolomics to Interrogate Marine Microbial Processes"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Thorsten Dittmar (ICBM Oldenburg / MPI Bremen)
"Explaining a Deep-Sea Paradox: Starving Microbes in a Sea of Dissolved Organic Substrate"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMicrobial Ecology One Cell at a Time
Discussion Leader: Lisa Campbell (Texas A&M University)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Ger van den Engh (Becton-Dickinson)
"The Distribution of Prochlorococcus in the Water Column at Station Aloha"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Ramunas Stepanauskas (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences)
"Single Cell Genomics: When Treated as Individuals, Microbes Talk"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Christof Meile (University of Georgia)
"Models of Microbial Metabolism: From Cells to Aggregates and Beyond"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmAutonomous Sensing of Marine Microbes
Discussion Leader: Tammi Richardson (University of South Carolina)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Peter Girguis (Harvard University)
"Islands in the Sea: The Distribution and Physiological Poise of Vent Microbes and the Implications for Carbon Cycling"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Mary Jane Perry (University of Maine)
"Can We Expand the Spatial Footprint of Under-Sampled Microbes?"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

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