Adam Martiny Lab

The aim of our research is to identify (i) how microorganisms respond and genetically adapt to environmental variations and (ii) the biogeochemical role of this biodiversity. The results from this research are important for both understanding the basic biology and diversity of globally abundant microorganisms as well as gaining a mechanistic understanding of the biological controls on nutrient cycles. This work is not only central to identifying present day global cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus but also for identifying and predicting the future impact of climate change on Earth as a system. Most of our research focuses on marine bacteria but we are also very interested in establishing general ecological and evolutionary theories that applies broadly to microorganisms.

See the Research page for a list of current projects.

Example of our research - projected effect of climate change on the global distribution of Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus (Flombaum et al., 2013):



Join us!

If you are interested in environmental microbiology, you are encouraged to join the Martiny lab. If you are a UC-Irvine student, there are many opportunities for conducting research as part your undergraduate studies.