PAOC Spotlights

The Ocean's Tiny Chemists

Wed November 23rd, 2011
Kim Popendorf, MIT-WHOI Joint Program

Popendorf in the lab, on board ship - Photo by Michal Koblížek, Czech Academy of SciencesMarine microorganisms are the chemists of the ocean, continually cycling carbon and other chemicals via the routine biochemical reactions they use to live and grow. MIT-WHOI graduate student Kim Popendorf has been conducting experiments to begin to tease apart the multitude of microbes in the ocean and determine which are performing which chemical reactions. Kim is based at Woods Hole. Her advisor is Ben Van Mooy. Read more in her recent Oceanus article.