Aquatic & Marine Microbiology
North Carolina State University
Area(s) of Expertise
Changes in the physical, chemical and biological environment around aquatic microbes potentially alters their activity and their impact on ecosystems and co-occurring organisms. Experiments with natural and model microbes - bacteria and microalgae - enable predictions to be made about microbial-mediated change to ecosystems and biogeochemistry (esp. nutrient cycling) in the future. The Paerl Lab @ NCSU is interested in leveraging such experiments to help anticipate future ecosystem health, nutrient cycling and 'services' offered by microbes - e.g. degradation of pollutants. Collaborative work with scientists outside of microbiology is of particular interest in order to gain new or unique views of ecosystem change.