Microbial Diversity Course
Building an intellectual framework to understand the metabolic, evolutionary, and ecological diversity of microbes
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The MBL Microbial Diversity Course
The course is an intensive six-and-a-half-week research and training experience for graduate or postdoctoral students, as well as established investigators, who want to become competent in microbiological techniques for working with a broad range of microbes, and in approaches for recognizing the metabolic, phylogenetic, and genomic diversity of cultivated and as yet uncultivated bacteria. Admission is limited to 20 students.
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Woods Hole, Massachusetts
The diverse environment found in and around Woods Hole provide a natural laboratory for the Microbial Diversity Course. Easy access to local marine and freshwater environments provide an ideal natural setting for the study of metabolically and phylogenetically diverse microbes.

The Sippewissett Salt Marsh is a unique and valuable ecosystem which is the focus of much research in the course. The site develops microbial mats, as well as common blooms of Purple sulfur bacteria, and sulfur oxidizing bacteria. Spectacular populations of purple sulfur bacteria in the Sippewissett Salt Marsh (left) fulfill a pivotal role in the modern day sulfur cycle, and employ a form of photosynthesis that may have been the first type of energy metabolism on Earth.




Don't forget to bring clothes appropriate for sampling in the swamp.

Dr. Ralph Wolfe will be giving us a presentation on the history of the course on Monday June 13th at 7 PM in Candle House 105.


We will have our group presentations on Wednesday June 22nd 7 to 9 pm.

2010 Symposia:

Symposium I, June 24 and 25

Celebrating Forty Years of
Microbial Diversity, 1971-2011

Friday Morning Lectures, Meig’s Room
9:00 am Ralph Wolfe, Univ of Illinois
9:50 am Marty Dworkin, Univ of Minnesota
10:40 am Break
11:10 am Jared Leadbetter, Cal Inst of Tech
Open Laboratory
1:30 pm Loeb Hall
Friday Evening, Lillie Auditorium

8:00 pm Roberto Kolter, Harvard University
Friday Evening Lecture Reception
9:00 pm Meigs Room

Saturday, June 25
Morning Lectures, Meig’s Room

9:00 am Pete Greenberg, Univ of Washington
9:50 am Abigail Saylers, Univ of Illinois
10:40 am Break
11:10 am Diane Newman, Cal Inst of Tech
Afternoon Lectures, Meig’s Room
2:00 pm Carrie Harwood, Univ of Washington
2:50 pm Break
3:10 pm Tom Schmidt, Michigan State Univ Evening Barbecue
6:30 pm Cafe Swope Patio

Symposium II, Sat July 9th
Evolution of the Microbial Genome
Meigs Room, Swope

9:00 AM Jonathan Eisen, University of California Davis
The evolution of the bacterial genome

10:30 AM Nancy Moran, Yale University
The tiniest bacterial genomes

1:30 PM Howard Ochman, Yale University
How bacterial genomes grow and shrink

3:00 Eugene Koonin, National Center for Biotechnology Information
Evolution of archea and bacteria, and virus-host arms races in the microbial world

research resources
MBLWHOI Library Biological Bulletin
Marine Organisms Meetings, Seminars, Events
Research/Administrative Services Publications, Databases