This course is a deep dive into the complex chemical communication between oceanic microbes. Zooplankton, phytoplankton, bacteria and viruses form highly complex foodweb interactions which have a huge ecological impact on our planet. Chemical signaling is a main mode of communication at sea, and understanding how micro-scale biological processes are linked to global-scale biogeochemical cycles and Earth's climate is of major ecological importance and at the frontiers of the current research in this field.
Join us to eavesdrop on the chemical conversations between oceanic microbes!
The student will gain a broad understanding of marine microbial and chemical ecology, learn about key microbial interactions in the ocean and how they play pivotal environmental roles, and be familiar with the latest discoveries of some of the information-conveying chemicals (infochemicals) that mediate those interactions.