Environmental Systems Biology – Cellular Processes to Biogeochemical Cycles











Our team is engaged in research at the intersection of biological and microbial oceanography and functional genomics. We are a joint lab group between the Integrative Oceanography Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego and the Environmental and Microbial Genomics department at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). We combine laboratory and field studies to investigate the ecology, evolution and biogeochemistry of phytoplankton and other microbes and are motivated by basic research questions related to the function marine ecosystems.

Latest News

Moore Foundation to Fund Scripps Scientist to Optimize Genome Editing Technology in Marine Microalgae

Scientists Provide a New View of the Microbial Drama at Play in Southern Ocean Phytoplankton Blooms

Scientists at Scripps and the J. Craig Venter Institute Publish Paper Outlining Efficient Synthetic Biology Methods to Genetically Engineer Microalgae

NOAA Partnering with SIO and JCVI to Explore 'Omic Technologies to Support Ecosystem Understanding and Fisheries Assessments

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation identifies 16 leading scientists to pursue high-risk research in marine microbial ecology

Department of Energy Genomic Science Program Funds JCVI Biosystems Design Project on Diatoms to Enable Next-Generation Biofuels

A 'B-12 Shot' for marine algae? Scientists find key protein for algae growth in the ocean

J. Craig Venter Institute Scientists, Along with International Team, Uncover New Insights into Evolution of Diatoms and Reveal Evidence for a Urea Cycle used to Metabolize Carbon and Nitrogen

137 Marine Microbial Genomes from Cultured Samples are Sequenced and Compared to Sorcerer II Global Ocean Expedition Samples by Researchers at J. Craig Venter Institute

JCVI Researchers Collaborate on Sequence and Analysis of First Pennate Diatom Genome