Marine Microbial Biogeochemistry

Research Area: Microbial biogeochemistry

Microorganisms are the most abundant components of marine ecosystems, and have a diverse array of metabolic functions that control biogeochemical cycles and maintain the earth system. Connecting microbial phylogenetic diversity and metabolic capability with biogeochemical processes is vital to achieve a comprehensive understanding of marine ecosystem structure and functioning

The Cunliffe Research Group at the MBA is focused on understanding the underpinning mechanisms, both ecological and physiological, by which microorganisms sustain marine biogeochemical cycles and other ecosystem services. The multidisciplinary research integrates contemporary omics approaches with analytical biogeochemical techniques and classic microbiological methods, combining field-based observation of complex microbial assemblages and laboratory-based experiments using model microorganisms.

Contact Name: 
Michael Cunliffe