Our lab mission is to understand how individual microbes function as part of communities, and how microbial functions scale to ecosystem functions. Climate change is the most important issue facing people today, and we work towards understanding the microbiology of climate change and applying this knowledge towards climate solution including biofuels. We use molecular characterization (DNA, RNA, lipids and protein sequencing), physiological measurements (gas production, biomass measures, cell counts), and bioinformatics (statistical analysis, scaling from microbes to ecosystems, and modeling). We strive to apply the right tool to answer the question at hand, and learn new techniques or build new tools when necessary.
Our lab values:
We value respect and collaboration. We value diversity and encourage each other to work towards making our work place more inclusive. We encourage active listening and mutual mentoring. We value and expect people to be active members of a bigger community in science. We lift each other up and support one another, through mutual mentoring and willingness to learn from each other regardless of stage or age.