Tuesday, September 28 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Professor Jack Gilbert from Scripps Institute of Oceanography:
From the Western English Channel to Multi‐Omics Models of the World’s Ecosystems
Abstract: Understanding the microbial ecosystem dynamics of our planet is central to our role as custodians of the planet. The Earth Microbiome Project aimed to characterize the microbial diversity of the diverse ecosystems across our world, which we have used to model the ecosystem dynamics of these environments. Integrating these models with agricultural policy provides a framework on which to determine how climate change and shifting policy will influence the microbial metabolic dynamics, which will affect our ability to modulate system scale outcomes. Using time series data of globally relevant marine and terrestrial ecosystems, we have built artificial neural network models that facilitate our investigation of microbiome dynamics. We can now predict how microbial ecosystems may respond to selective pressures, and extrapolate the potential of those changes to influence emergent properties. Spanning 15 years of research, I will talk about the vision and implications of this ongoing work.