Marine microbes are the cornerstone of all marine ecosystems, driving the chemistry, nutrient cycles and energy flows in the water column and benthos. 

These critical engineers are the most abundant and biodiverse group of organisms in any ecosystem. They also form essential symbiotic partnerships with other microbes (biofilms) as well as multicellular animals, plants, fungi and algae, similar to the human microbiome.

We study microbes at all ecological levels, from free-living ecosystem engineers to intimate symbionts of host animals, including sponges and coral.

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