Watch: How SCOPE Discovers the Secret Life of Ocean Microbes

David Karl and Ed DeLong, directors of the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology, describe the importance of understanding the organisms at the base of the marine food web.

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David Karl is the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel Professor of Microbial Oceanography and director of the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) at the University of Hawai’i. He co-founded the Hawai’i Ocean Time-series (HOT) program, on which SCOPE is built. Edward DeLong is a professor of oceanography at the University of Hawai’i and a visiting professor at MIT; he has spent most of his career developing molecular biological and genomic approaches to study naturally occurring microbial communities in the ocean.