Mapping the Uncharted Diversity of Arctic Marine Microbes:
Mission Logs

Detecting Patterns of Distribution in Arctic Marine Microbial Communities

June 17, 2017: Detecting Patterns of Distribution in Arctic Marine Microbial Communities

To investigate spatial variability of microbial communities in the Arctic, scientists use geographic maps to visualize the relative abundance of individual taxa across stations and depths. They then compare these biological maps to maps of physical and chemical environmental conditions to make inferences about the ecology of the microorganisms that inhabit the Arctic.

Microbe-metal Interactions in the Central Arctic Ocean

June 17, 2017: Microbe-metal Interactions in the Central Arctic Ocean

The ocean has many layers which often do not interact with each other, meaning that some layers can become isolated for hundreds of years or more. As they become isolated, their physical, chemical, and biological properties change allowing us to track different water masses. One interesting property scientists can see within these water masses is metal content.

Mapping the Diversity of Marine Microbial World with SEDNA: An Optical Mapping System Devised to Facilitate Active Exploration

September 30, 2016: Mapping the Diversity of Marine Microbial World with SEDNA

The primary goal of this project is to identify new microorganisms from extreme environments in the Arctic which are subject to rapid change as a consequence of global warming. That sounds straightforward, but how do we actually identify whether the microbes we find are new or not? To do it, we first need to know what is already known.

January 11: DNA Extractions: Recipes for Isolating Genomic Identities

January 11, 2016: DNA Extractions: Recipes for Isolating Genomic Identities

Now that we’ve finished collecting our samples, it’s time for us to trade in our survival suits for lab coats. Several expeditions to the Arctic in 2015 provided our lab with samples for subsequent molecular surveys of extreme microbial communities.

June 11: A Step Toward Mapping Microbial Diversity in the Arctic via the Barents Sea

June 11, 2015: A Step Toward Mapping Microbial Diversity in the Arctic via the Barents Sea

The day of departure was full of blue skies and smooth sailing. Spirits were high. As the scientific team and vessel crewmembers gazed at the passing snow-covered fjords, the Johan Hjort was embarking on its route toward the heart of the Barents Sea.

August 21: Oceanographic Instruments

August 21, 2015: Oceanographic Instruments

CTD. Bongo. Van Veen. HAPs. Bongo. PSBTA. IKMT. After three days, this list is now a ritual. Though seemingly gibberish at first, each of these items is the name of an oceanographic “instrument” that scientists “play” in the “orchestra” that is an oceanographic expedition.

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