Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar
Microbially-derived metabolites dissolved in seawater are rapidly cycled through the sunlit ocean. This process involves almost half of the ocean's annual net primary production, and therefore even minor changes in its functioning are quantitatively significant on a global scale. Low standing stocks and residence times of a just few hours make these molecules difficult to study. This talk focuses on the ecological and biogeochemical implications of microbial-metabolite linkages in surface seawater.