MM005:
Marine Microbial Eukaryotes: Environmental 'Omics and Molecular Ecology Approaches


Session ID#: 28657

Session Description:
Microbial eukaryotes (organisms <1mm, such as phytoplankton, meiofauna, fungi, protists, and eggs/larval stages of larger species) are abundant and ubiquitous in both pelagic and benthic habitats, performing key functions such as nutrient cycling and sediment stability in marine ecosystems. Yet, their unexplored diversity represents one of the major challenges in biology and currently limits our capacity to understand, mitigate and remediate the consequences of environmental change. Environmental ‘Omics tools are being increasingly used to address major gaps in our knowledge of diverse microbial eukaryote taxa. The modern molecular toolkit includes environmental rRNA surveys, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, and targeted genome sequencing, and such deep sequencing approaches are now being used to test biological hypotheses for many taxa across marine habitats. Participants will be called upon to highlight the promise and challenge of using molecular approaches across the Eukaryotic Tree of Life, focusing on applications in diverse disciplines such as benthic ecology, biological oceanography, and computer science. We aim to catalyze cross-disciplinary interactions, facilitating discussions on how the ocean sciences can adapt to continued, rapid advances in sequencing technologies and bioinformatics. This session will be sponsored by NSF RCN EukHiTS (http://eukhits.wordpress.com), providing travel awards for selected students and early-career participants with submitted abstracts.
Primary Chair:  Holly M Bik, University of California, Riverside, Department of Nematology, Riverside, CA, United States
Co-Chair:  Sarah M Hardy, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, United States
Index Terms:

1914 Data mining [INFORMATICS]
4804 Benthic processes, benthos [OCEANOGRAPHY: BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL]
4840 Microbiology and microbial ecology [OCEANOGRAPHY: BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL]
4858 Population dynamics and ecology [OCEANOGRAPHY: BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL]
Cross-Topics:
  • BE - Benthic Ecosystems
    *Use ME: Marine Ecosystems*
  • B - Biodiversity
  • OD - Ocean Data Management
  • PE - Pelagic Ecosystems
    *Use ME: Marine Ecosystems*

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Margaret Mars Brisbin1, Mary Matilda Grossmann1 and Satoshi Mitarai2, (1)Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Onna, Japan, (2)Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Onna-son, Japan
Amira Donia, NULL, United States and Hany A. Abdel-Salam, Abdel-Hamid A.M. Ali, Hayam I. EL Shaarawy and Lamees Hegazy 1Marine Genomics Laboratory, Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, Benha University, Benha 13518, Egypt
Skylar Bayer, University of Maine, Walpole, United States, Peter Dylan Countway, Bigelow Lab for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay, ME, United States and Richard Wahle, University of Maine, ME, United States
Maria De San Juan Hernandez Limon1, Gwenn Hennon1, Sheean Haley1, Andrew R Juhl2,3 and Sonya Dyhrman1,4, (1)Lamont -Doherty Earth Observatory, Biology and Paleo Environment, Palisades, NY, United States, (2)Columbia University of New York, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New York, NY, United States, (3)Lamont -Doherty Earth Observatory, Biology and Pale Environment, Palisades, NY, United States, (4)Columbia University of New York, Biology and Paleo Environment, New York, NY, United States
Craig Dominic Ramon Dawes1, Emily Brownlee2, Emily Peacock2, Stace Beaulieu3 and Heidi M Sosik2, (1)CUNY New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY, United States, (2)Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (3)Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst, Woods Hole, MA, United States
Luis Manuel Bolanos1, Susanne Menden-Deuer2, Lee Karp-Boss3, Françoise Morison4, Emmanuel Boss5, Alison P Chase5, Nils Haëntjens6, Chang Jae Choi7, Alexandra Z Worden7, Jason Graff8, Toby Kolohe Westberry9, Michael Behrenfeld9, Kimberly Halsey1, Cleo Davie-Martin1, Craig A Carlson10 and Stephen J Giovannoni1, (1)Oregon State University, Department of Microbiology, Corvallis, OR, United States, (2)University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, RI, United States, (3)University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences, Orono, ME, United States, (4)University of Rhode Island, Oceanography, Narragansett, RI, United States, (5)University of Maine, School of Marine Science, Orono, ME, United States, (6)University of Maine, United States, (7)Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA, United States, (8)Oregon State University, Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, Corvallis, OR, United States, (9)Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States, (10)University of California Santa Barbara, Marine Science Institute/Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Kenneth M Halanych1, Pamela M Brannock2, Andrew R Mahon3, Scott R Santos4 and Deric R Learman3, (1)Auburn University, Auburn, AL, United States, (2)Rollins College, FL, United States, (3)Central Michigan University, MI, United States, (4)Auburn University, AL, United States
Zuzanna M Abdala1, Sveinn V Einarsson2, Kimberly Powell1, Peter W Bernhardt3, Brittany Widner4 and Dreux Chappell5, (1)Old Dominion University, Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, Norfolk, VA, United States, (2)Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, United States, (3)Old Dominion University, Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Norfolk, VA, United States, (4)Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, United States, (5)Old Dominion University, Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Norfolk, VA, United States
Kristofer M Gomes1, Laura Z. Holland2, Shannon Burns3, Randelle M Bundy4, Kristen N Buck3, Dreux Chappell5 and Bethany D. Jenkins6, (1)University of Rhode Island, Cell and Molecular Biology, Kingston, RI, United States, (2)University of Rhode Island, Cell and Molecular Biology and Graduate School of Oceanography, Kingston, RI, United States, (3)University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, St. Petersburg, FL, United States, (4)University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States, (5)Old Dominion University, Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Norfolk, VA, United States, (6)University of Rhode Island, Cell and Molecular Biology and Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, RI, United States
Ryan D Groussman, Bryndan Paige Durham, Sacha Coesel, Rachelle Lim, Rhonda Morales and E. Virginia Armbrust, University of Washington, School of Oceanography, Seattle, WA, United States
David A Caron, Sarah K Hu and Lisa Y Mesrop, University of Southern California, Biological Sciences, Los Angeles, CA, United States
LeAnn Pritchard Whitney, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay, ME, United States and Michael W Lomas, Bigelow Lab for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay, ME, United States
Bryndan Paige Durham1, Laura Carlson1, Angela Boysen1, Katherine Heal2, Ryan D Groussman1, Rhonda Morales1, Anitra E Ingalls2 and E. Virginia Armbrust1, (1)University of Washington, School of Oceanography, Seattle, WA, United States, (2)University of Washington, Oceanography, Seattle, WA, United States