Energy and Material Processing

Research in this project is designed to identify the key driving forces and environmental gradients that control material and energy fluxes through microbial communities and delineate their effects on community composition, structure, and function. We will also develop a mechanistic understanding of energy and carbon partitioning among community members under steady-state and during perturbations. Researchers will investigate the interplay between community spatial organization and function with emphasis on the role of EPS as a both a stabilizer of environmental gradients and a mechanism for niche expansion.

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