Biochemical Oceanography

Marine microbial communities are a major life support system of our planet through their role in sustaining food webs and a stable climate system. Human activities are changing our oceans and these changes have the potential to shift microbial biogeography and activity.

The Ingalls lab uses chemical fingerprints of marine microbes to characterize the health and resilience of past and present microbial communities with the hope of predicting how the distribution and activity of these communities will change in the future.