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Plastic Fantastic

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Marine microbes are the small but mighty foundations of marine ecosystems, the tiny drivers of nutrient cycles, and fascinating in their own right. As the ocean changes, they have the capacity to evolve because of their large population sizes and short generation times. However, nearly all of our data is for physiological responses. Can we use this data to learn how future microbial communities will differ from contemporary ones? How much do short-term acclimation responses tell us about microevolution? I will present data from simulations and experimental evolution experiments showing how and why adaptive plastic responses determine evolutionary responses, and discuss how this is relevant to understanding marine microbial responses to global change.

This talk is part of the Plant Sciences Departmental Seminars series.

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