modeling marine microbes

The Darwin Project is an initiative to advance the development and application of novel models of marine microbes and microbial communities, identifying the relationships of individuals and communities to their environment, connecting cellular-scale processes to global microbial community structure.


“Everything is everywhere, but, environment selects.”

–Lourens Bass-Becking

The Darwin Project is an alliance between physical oceanographers, biogeochemists and marine microbiologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the goal of coupling state of the art physical models of global ocean circulation with biogeochemistry and genome-informed models of microbial processes.

This project is part of the MIT Earth Systems Initiative and includes collaborators from:

  • Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computational Systems Biology Initiative (CSBi)

This project pushes the frontier of coupling physical/chemical/biological models that incorporate biological information at all scales of organization: from genomes to biospheric feedbacks on ocean physics and chemistry.

Cambridge, Nov 2010

Cambridge, Nov 2010

A selection of the Darwin team – (Right to left) Mick Follows, Sergio Vallina, Stephanie Dutkiewicz, Oliver Jahn, Anna Hickman, Andrew Barton, Sophie Clayton, Ben Ward and Emily Zakem