Image above: Ina’s research on microbes was the inspiration for an ice sculpture, which she took part in crafting, at the Fairbanks’ World Ice Art Championship a few years ago..
Photo Credit: Ina Timling.
Microbes are ubiquitous on Earth. They are the drivers of major geochemical cycles and important symbionts with plants and animals. Soils harbor an astonishing biodiversity of microbes. However, Leonardo Da Vinci’s quote from 500 years ago "We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot." seems still true for many regions of the world. In this seminar I want to give a brief overview of studies I have been involved with studying microbes across the Arctic. This will include (I) a study of soil fungi in patterned ground along a latitudinal gradient across the Arctic (PhD thesis), (II) an overview of the questions for my post doctoral work- testing the drivers and scale dependency of plant–fungal-bacterial community co –assembly across the Arctic, and (III) preliminary results linking microbial communities to hydrology, soil characteristics and vegetation
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Meeting ID: 615-502-696