Seminar-Exploring the hidden diversity of the smallest marine protists

THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
presents a seminar by:
Ramon Massana
Staff Researcher, Institute of Marine Sciences, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
entitled:
Exploring the hidden diversity of the smallest marine protists

Small protists (up to 3 µm in size) are integral members of marine ecosystems in terms of cell abundance and biomass, and play crucial roles in food webs and biogeochemical cycles. Their diversity can hardly be investigated by standard microscopy, and instead a variety of molecular tools have been applied, unveiling a large phylogenetic diversity and the presence of novel lineages within the assemblage. In this talk I will present a general overview of the taxonomic groups forming these tiny eukaryotic assemblages, with a particular focus on the extent, diversity and functional roles of the unveiled novelty. The combination of large marine datasets and new sequencing capabilities allows a detailed study of their temporal and spatial dynamics in the ocean.

Sponsored by:

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location:
Life Sciences Centre, LSC 3
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Hosted by
Dr. Patrick Keeling