Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Microbial Oceanography

The study of aquatic organisms at the molecular level is a mainstay of modern biological oceanography. Numerous diagnostic procedures exist for identifying marine organisms and their genes and gene products, and for elucidating the roles they play in biogeochemical cycles. The disparity between our capacity to measure physical and chemical oceanographic parameters versus our ability to understand the distribution, abundance and activities of specific microorganisms within that milieu impedes our ability to characterize a wide range of biological phenomena.

Last updated: Apr. 14, 2009