Minisymposium: Marine biodiversity from pole to pole

May 15th, Air and fire, SciLifeLab Solna

Oceans cover 71 % of the earth’s surface, extending from pole to pole, and have a major impact on the conditions we live in, from climatic control, to energy budget and food supply. Many of the essential functions in the oceans are executed by microorganisms, such as oxygen production by phytoplankton and recycling of energy from dead matter back to the food web by bacteria. As a scientific community, we are working to understand the marine microbes that remain elusive and the details about essential marine processes. The symposium will host experts on the topic and they will talk about to roles and functions of microbes in some of the most poorly understood marine habitats, covering the whole oceanic region from South to North Pole. The symposium is open to anyone in the research field, and is free to attend. Register below.

Scientific Committee

Sari Peura, SLU & SciLifeLab
Sarahi Garcia, Stockholm University & SciLifeLab
Lars Behrendt, Uppsala University  & SciLifeLab

Keynote speaker confirmed

Interactions between diazotrophs and organic matter: from coral lagoons to the dark ocean
Mar Benavides, 
Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, France

Dark carbon fixation sustains diverse microbial communities below the Ross Ice Shelf
Federico Baltar, 
University of Vienna, Austria

Local speakers confirmed

“The Munida Microbial Observatory Time-Series (MOTS): a model system for spatiotemporal studies in the Southern Ocean”
Sergio Morales, 
University of Otago, New Zealand

“Latitudinal and depth gradients in pelagic and particle-associated microbial degradation of organic matter from the South Pacific (30°S) to the Bering Sea (60°N)”
JP Balmonte, 
Uppsala University  

“Ecosystem-wide metagenomic binning allows predicting the ecology of microorganisms from their genomes”
Anders Andersson, 

“Fungal life in the deep subsurface”
Anna Neubeck, 
Uppsala University. 

“Microbial diversity at the North Pole”
Pauline Snoeijs Leijonmalm, 
Stockholm University 


Minisymposium biodiversity: Marine biodiversity from pole to pole
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