The MIT Microbiome Club will be hosting two students from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to tell us about microbiomes of the ocean—the whale gut microbiome and the coral reef microbiome.
Carolyn Miller, a Post-doctoral Scholar, is interested in the role of microbial communities in the health of marine mammals. She is currently researching the gut microbiome of the Bowheaded whale. She seeks to understand the biogeography of their gut, and the role of microbes in helping maintain the fat reserves that are needed for theirmigration, reproduction and during periods of limited prey availability.
Laura Weber, an MIT-WHOI Graduate Student, is interested in coral-associated microorgansims, and especially the role of the mucus layer in attracting microbes to corals.