Supports the Simons Collaboration on Principles of Microbial Ecosystems and other programs
Microbial life on early Earth evolved and changed the environment, thereby enabling the evolution of more complex life. Today, microbes continue to evolve in response to an ever-changing environment, and microbial ecosystems still govern the biogeochemical cycling of the planet and profoundly affect the function of all other living organisms.
The purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators who will advance our understanding of marine microbial ecology and evolution through experiments, modeling or theory. Projects focusing on the microbiomes of invertebrates or vertebrates or on paleontological records will not be considered this year. Investigators with backgrounds in different fields are encouraged to apply.