Life has its origins in the sea: the first living things were microbes. Marine microbes are the most abundant life forms on Earth, and everything about them is extraordinarily diverse: their structures, their genomes, their physiologies, and their ecological interactions with each other and with the rest of life on the planet.

The Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) was established in 2006 as an NSF-sponsored Science and Technology Center designed to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the diverse assemblages of microorganisms in the sea, ranging from the genetic basis of marine microbial biogeochemistry including the metabolic regulation and environmental controls of gene expression, to the processes that underpin the fluxes of carbon, related bioelements and energy in the marine environment.

As a global research information center working across disciplines, C-MORE continues to bring together teams of experts, facilitating the creation and dissemination of a new understanding of the critically important role of marine microbes in global habitability.

The center’s unifying vision is expressed in the motto: Linking Genomes to Biomes