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Links for Observatories:

  • Focused on studying the seasonal dynamics of soil microorganisms across an extreme environmental gradient ranging from montane forests up to alpine tundra and barren talus slopes.

    http://amo.colorado.edu/
  • Focusing on the genomic, functional and species diversity of the microbes and we link them to the cycling of carbon, sulfur and other elements in the plankton of a coastal marine ecosystem. Blanes Bay, in the NorthWestern Mediterranean was chosen because it is a good example of an oligotrophic (relatively nutrient-poor) coastal ecosystem which is relatively unaffected by human and terrestrial influences.

    http://www.icm.csic.es/bio/projects/icmicrobis/bbmo/
  • A Microbial Observatory (MO) in the Cabo Rojo Salterns in Puerto Rico.

    http://www.uprh.edu/~salterns/
  • The focus of the project is to understand who the important iron-oxidizing bacteria in the environment are, how fast they form iron-oxide deposits, how they do it biochemically, and how they affect ocean chemistry and ecosystem function.

    http://earthref.org/FEMO/
  • Offers a demonstrative exhibit on biodiversity of microscopic life in the Azorean hot springs and performs various discovery activities on these organisms.

    http://omic.centrosciencia.azores.gov.pt/
  • The goal of the Microbial Observatories program is to study and describe the phylogenetic and functional diversity of microbial communities on the beautiful formations found in the cave.

    http://swes.cals.arizona.edu/maier_lab/kartchner/
  • Studying Long-term Patterns in the Abundance, Identity, and Activity of Microorganisms Associated with Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrates. The primary study site, Mississippi Canyon Lease Block 118 (MC118), is an intensively studied site that is the focus of the Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrates Research Consortium (GOM-HRC, which is managed through the University of Mississippi).

    http://www.joyeresearchgroup.uga.edu/research/deep-sea-extreme-environments/cold-seeps/gas-hydrates/mc-118-gas-hydrate-microbial-observatory
  • The major goals of the current Microbial Observatory project are the three interconnected components of a systems approach towards the knowledge on the microbial populations involved in degradation of C1 compounds in Lake Washington, as a model for understanding other functional communities.

    http://depts.washington.edu/microobs/
  • A long term goal of the Microbial Observatories Program is the discovery of new species.

    http://www.hawaii.edu/microbiology/MO/
  • Dedicated to the study of bacteria and fungi central to biogeochemical processes in coniferous forest ecosystems in the Central Cascade Mountains of Oregon.

    http://cropandsoil.oregonstate.edu/content/microbial-observatory-hj-andrews-lter
  • A goal of this microbial observatory is to investigate the role of viruses in the annual biological cycle of a temperate estuary, the Chesapeake Bay.

    http://www.virusecology.org/MOVE/Home.html
  • A collection of microorganisms isolated from samples taken during oceanographic cruises all over the globe: from oligotrophic waters to the most eutrophic, at the water interface with air or sediments, or from the water column.

    http://collection.obs-banyuls.fr/
  • The primary goal of the proposed research is to examine the distributions of Mono Lake microbes and to understand the response of microbial assemblages to the gradients of physical and chemical variables in relation to temporal changes driven by hydrodynamics.

    http://joyeresearchgroup.uga.edu/research/surficial-extreme-environments/temperate-salt-lakes/mono-lake-microbial-observatory
  • Advancing the understanding of lake bacterioplankton, whose diversity and population dynamics are currently the least understood off all freshwater planktonic organisms.

    https://lter.limnology.wisc.edu/project/north-temperate-lakes-microbial-observatory
  • Linking Phylogeny and Biogeochemistry for the Discovery of Novel Chemolithotrophs Inhabiting Geothermal Gradients in Yellowstone National Park.

    http://www.montana.edu/observatory/
  • Using a combination of classic microbiology techniques and leading-edge genetic techniques to characterize microbial communities (bacteria and algae) and study how they survive in such a harsh environment.

    http://www.okstate.edu/artsci/SPMO/
  • The overall research objective of this study will be to assess the influence water availability has on structural diversification, community composition, production, and carbon sequestration in microbial mats.

    http://www.unc.edu/ims/paerllab/sansalmo/
  • Studying the microbial ecology of Soap Lake, a haloalkaline lake located in Central Washington.

    http://www.cwu.edu/~pinkarth/
  • An Integrated Study of Eukaryotic, Prokaryotic, and Viral Diversity and Dynamics in an Acidic Hot Lake. Seeking to understand the purely microbial ecosystem of Boiling Springs Lake, in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

    http://web.pdx.edu/~kstedman/BSL/BSL_MO/The_BSL_MO.html
  • Dedicated to assessing the nature and extent of the deep microbial and viral biosphere. DCO is a global community of multi-disciplinary scientists unlocking the inner secrets of Earth through investigations into life, energy, and the fundamentally unique chemistry of carbon.

    https://deepcarbon.net/content/deep-life
  • Providing new information about the diversity and ecology of fungi and other microorganisms from forest ecosystems.

    http://sites.biology.duke.edu/fungi/mycolab/DFMO.html
  • Monitoring the types of microbes present on the International Space Station over a one-year period. Samples are returned to Earth for further study, enabling scientists to understand the diversity of the microbial flora on the ISS and how it changes over time.

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1794.html
  • One of the goals of the microbial observatory is to better understand the linkages between microbial biodiversity and biogeochemical processes.

    https://labs.eemb.ucsb.edu/carlson/craig/research/oceanic-microbial-observatory
  • Identifying prokaryotes in salt marsh sediments and plankton and determining their role in controlling major ecosystem processes.

    http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/PIMO/
  • Integrating high-resolution chemical analysis with bacterial gene expression measures, extending dissolved organic carbon process studies down to the single-compound level and bacterial activity studies to the single-gene level. The SIMCO project is also working to enhance understanding of the ecological roles of marine microorganisms by high school students.

    http://www.simco.uga.edu/
  • The long-term goal is to study the dynamics and function of microorganisms in the feeding preferences, habits, development, and nutrition of herbivorous caterpillars.

    http://alrlab.pdx.edu/research/mocat/
  • Focuses on exploratory investigation of prokaryotic and unicellular eukaryotic diversity in the San Pedro Channel, California, with a focus on time-dependent changes in community composition in relation to environmental parameters.

    http://dornsife.usc.edu/labs/usc-microbial-observatory
  • Exploring the phylogenetic diversity of the microbial community in the spring, discovering unique metabolic capabilities within members of the microbial community in the spring, understanding the physiological capabilities and ecological roles of yet-uncultured lineages.

    http://www.zodletone.org/