Researchers from across multiple areas of microbial eukaryotic study will discuss and debate understudied areas in aquatic protistology, increase permeability across traditional disciplinary boundaries in the biological sciences, and open doors to new collaborations. By the end of the symposium, participants will walk away with broadened horizons about ecology, evolution and cell biology, creative new ideas, and an appreciation of how the latest technologies can be used in their own research and applied to the Tara Oceans, MMETSP, and Malaspina datasets. In addition, those who study long-standing microbial eukaryote model systems will have new visions for how their model organisms are part of whole ecosystems and the consequences thereof for ecosystem function and biogeochemistry.
Who should attend?
Participants will include protistologists that focus on aquatic, soil, and plant-, animal- and human-associated microbial communities; bacterial, archaeal, and virus ecologists; evolutionary biologists; cell biologists; geneticists; bioinformaticians; cyberinfrastructure developers; taxonomists; physiologists; oceanographers; limnologists; geochemists; and more. Students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career scientists are particularly welcome, including those who participated in MMETSP, the Tara Oceans Expeditions, and/or the Malaspina Expedition.