Last year we undertook an undergraduate research program to isolate bacteria and sequence reference genomes from the built environment. That work is still ongoing, and can be found here.
This year we’re going to take a look at the biogeography and succession of microbial communities in aquariums. We’re fortunate to have access to several aquariums here on campus that we can examine. We’ll be looking at a number of different questions, more detail will be forthcoming in student posts.
We had our first meeting yesterday and will begin sampling aquariums starting this coming Monday. Watch this space for information on our progress.