Microbes play many vital roles in the oceans. They are crucial in the transformation and cycling of elements such as carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur; they are fundamental components of marine food webs, and although small, their activities affect global biogeochemical cycles and help regulate the global climate. Using cutting-edge technologies, faculty in the department study the diversity, structure, and function of microbial communities; how microbes affect the transformations and cycling of elements such as nitrogen and sulfur; and the ecological interactions between viruses, bacteria, and phytoplankton.
Research into the marine systems of the world takes us to remote locations.
Salt Marsh Ecosystems
Understanding the effects of a changing environment on salt marshes.
Birds at Sapelo Island
Either seasonally or permanently, shorebirds and indigenous species call this island home
Exploring the deep
Exploring the deep ocean of the Gulf of Mexico using Alvin.
A science platform for coastal and shelf waters in the southeast.