The Simons Foundation has named four winners of the 2016 Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards. The awards are intended to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in this area.
The awardees are:
- Andrew Alverson of the University of Arkansas, who will take advantage of a natural evolutionary experiment to understand how phytoplankton adapt to environmental stress.
- Otto Cordero of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who will develop a systems-ecology approach to study particle-attached marine microbial communities.
- Karen Lloyd of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who will study uncultured microbes in Arctic marine sediments and their role in the carbon cycle.
- Jacob Waldbauer of the University of Chicago, who will use proteomics to understand two key aspects of marine microbial biogeochemistry: nitrogen limitation and anoxygenic phototrophy.
Detailed descriptions of the researchers’ work are available here.