Yellowstone Park Foundation
Model study to correlate metagenomics with environmental conditions in Yellowstone Lake
This project will attempt to correlate functional gene diversity with environmental parameters through comparative analyses of microbial communities of distinct sites in Yellowstone Lake with chemical and geological data from those environments. In addition, metagenomic data and results from Yellowstone Lake sampling will be deposited into and compared with ocean metagenomic data in the Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis (CAMERA) database to explore whether correlations from Yellowstone Lake relate to marine systems. By combining genomic tools with detailed environmental niche characterization, the multidisciplinary team of researchers assembled for this project will test hypotheses about environmental selective pressures and their influences on functional gene diversity in aquatic ecosystems.