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.

phys-env-fitness01It 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.

In particular our 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.