The Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) is an NSF-sponsored Science and Technology Center designed to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the diverse assemblages of microorganisms in the sea, ranging from the genetic basis of marine microbial biogeochemistry including the metabolic regulation and environmental controls of gene expression, to the processes that underpin the fluxes of carbon, related bioelements and energy in the marine environment. Stated holistically, C-MORE‘s primary mission is: Linking Genomes to Biomes. The Center’s research is organized around four interconnected themes: (Theme I) microbial biodiversity, (Theme II) metabolism and C-N-P-energy flow, (Theme III) remote and continuous sensing and links to climate variability, and (Theme IV) ecosystem modeling, simulation and prediction.
Ed DeLong is Co-PI and co-Director of C-MORE, and the DeLong lab participates broadly in C-MORE research activities, cruises, and outreach and education. Current C-MORE projects focus on the study of DOM turnover in the open ocean, the activity and dynamics of archaeal nitrifiers in the sea, autonomous sampling for gene expression surveys, and time series dynamics of microbial communities using metagenomics and metatransceriptomics.