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Courtesy of UH Manoa and C-MORE - tricho puff fluorescenceCourtesy of Armbrust Lab - assembled metagenomic DNA sequence from a marine microbial communityCourtesy of Alexandra WordenCourtesy of Mar Nieto - DOC samplingCourtesy of Mick Follows - simulated phytoplankton biogeography from ocean modelCourtesy of Jun Meng - sampling bacteria in tropical Atlantic watersCourtesy of Jamie Becker - culturesCourtesy of Jed Furhman - epifluorescence microscopy image of marine microbesCourtesy of University of Hawaii - recovering sampling equipment
Unlocking the ocean’s mysteries

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Enabling new paradigms in microbial oceanography.

The oxygen in every second breath we take is produced by microbes in our oceans; they are thought to produce about 50 percent of the oxygen in the earth's atmosphere. Yet, we know surprisingly little about these tiny organisms. While we are discovering answers to long-standing questions and uncovering important new questions about the roles that marine microorganisms play at the base of the ocean’s food chain, much more needs to be learned about what these organisms do and how they do it—including how they contribute to our world’s health and productivity.

The Marine Microbiology Initiative (MMI) seeks to gain a comprehensive understanding of marine microbial communities, including their genetic diversity, composition and function; their ecological role in the oceans; and their contribution to ocean health and productivity. Current focus of the initiative is to advance our understanding of marine microbial communities by enabling research to uncover the principles that govern the interactions among microbes as well as those that govern microbially-mediated nutrient flow. To answer questions about the roles that marine microorganisms play at the base of the ocean’s food chain, MMI supports current or emerging leaders in the field through investigator awards, multidisciplinary team research projects, community resource projects, as well as projects to develop new instrumentation, tools and technology.

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Recent Grants

$594,000.00 Oct 2014 IMG-ProPortal: A data discovery environment for Prochlorococcus related ‘omics data Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of Sponsored Programs
$616,000.00 Oct 2014 Increasing scientific impact through joint GBMF and CIFAR meetings. The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
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Team

Jon Kaye, Ph.D., Program Director, Marine Microbiology Initiative

Jon leads the foundation’s Marine Microbiology Initiative with the goal of supporting development of new paradigms and technologies to understand marine microbial communities and their influence…

Samantha Forde, Ph.D, Program Officer, Marine Microbiology Initiative

As part of foundation’s Marine Microbiology Initiative, Samantha works to increase our understanding of microbial ecology and evolution through a combination of strategic planning, grant develop…

Ajit Subramaniam, Ph.D., Marine Microbiology Initiative

Ajit advises the Marine Microbiology Initiative team at the foundation.  Ajit is a biological oceanographer with expertise in biogeochemical cycles, remote sensing, bio-optics and phytoplankton p…