The broad spectrum of planned research activities will be coordinated by Ed DeLong, MIT. Four separate research themes have been identified (see Figure below), each with a Theme Leader to help track progress and facilitate exchange.
Schematic representation of the integration between the major research themes proposed for C-MORE. C-MORE research will be organized around four interconnected themes: (I) Marine microbial biodiversity: From genomes and cultivation to ecology, (II) Microbial metabolism and the mechanisms of C, N, P and energy flow, (III) Remote and continuous sensing of microbial processes and links to climate variability, and (IV) Ecosystem modeling, computer simulation and prediction. The knowledge gained in our research will be incorporated into complementary field research and physical-biogeochemical modeling efforts that are already funded by independent teams of investigators. The proposed science themes parallel contemporary research foci in marine sciences. They will steer our technology development requirements, and will serve as the basis for the development of new education and outreach programs. Much of this proposed research will build upon ongoing field and laboratory studies and will benefit from the logistical support infrastructures that are already in place in support of the Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT) program and as part of the Monterey Bay Microbial Observatory and Monterey Ocean Observing System (MOOS) program in collaboration with F. Chavez (MBARI) and others.