Thomas Mock of the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, will present "Eukaryotic Marine Phytoplankton: From Genomes to Biome" at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in 112 Pearson Hall.
Mock's research includes several genome projects with marine microalgae and bacteria. A crucial part of this research is the identification of metabolic pathways and their key regulatory components to determine how they sense changes in environmental conditions. This fundamental knowledge about microbes from the upper ocean will help to interpret future responses to global change.
Mock received his doctorate at the Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research at Bremen University, Germany. Most of his postdoctoral research was conducted in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington in joint cooperation with the Biotechnology Center at the University of Wisconsin.
The lecture, sponsored by the department of microbiology, is free and open to the public.