Biology

Chemical Ecology

The ecology of chemical defenses, communication, and biosynthesis. Subjects range from how available chemical resources affect ecosystem processes to how organisms produce chemical compounds.

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Research in our lab traces the flow of organic matter through marine ecosystems, focusing on the trophic connectivity of species and assemblages in deep pelagic waters.

Research programs focus on marine biomedicine and marine drug discovery, with an emphasis on cancer and both infectious and inflammatory diseases.

A working group of scientists united by an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to studying coral reefs across gradients of anthropogenic stress.

Broadly, our goal is to understand how interactions between the geochemistry and microbiology of the ocean shape the natural world, including global climate and natural resources.

Focused on the biosynthesis and bioengineering of marine microbial natural products and in the discovery of new enzyme biocatalysts.

Characterizing the micro members within coral reef ecosystems: Investigation of chemical and microbial diversity to understand shifting reef ecosystems.

Biology News

SalpPOOP Study Highlights Biogeochemical Importance of Zooplankton Fecal Pellets

Blooms of marine organisms transfer loads of atmospheric carbon into t...

New Species of Deep-Sea Fish Discovered off Costa Rica

Scripps Oceanography researchers describe Pyrolycus jaco, a newly iden...

Probing Antarctica by Land, Sea, Air, and from Earth Orbit

Scripps Oceanography research agenda ranges from microscopic organisms...