Ecological and Evolutionary Science

Sequence the World!

The goal of the Earth Microbiome Project is to characterize microbial life on our planet using sequencing data.  This ambitious effort relies heavily on collaboration with hundreds of labs around the world so all ecosystems are represented.  Recently, a study was published that presented a compilation of 30,000 samples from the Earth Microbiome Project that can be used as a reference database of Earth’s microbial diversity.  Putting this dataset together was a truly monumental task, and is described in the accompanying “Behind the Paper” article.

My samples from Wisconsin bog lakes are part of the new Earth Microbiome reference database, and both I and my advisor, Trina McMahon, appreciate both the sequencing support provided by the Earth Microbiome Project and the honor of contributing to this massive effort.