Bacteria are present in practically all corners of the world – from our skin, to the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, and the deepest depths of the ocean. Novel technologies have uncovered a tremendous biodiversity of microorganisms, which likely constitute more than 50% of the total biomass on Earth. What is the role and function of all these bacteria? When are they harmful? When do they perform important services for us, like removing CO2 from the air?

Professor Adam Martiny will describe how novel technologies, like DNA sequencing and synthetic biology, have given us a glimpse into the fascinating world of bacteria. He will give examples of how some previously unknown bacteria can negate more CO2 than all the trees in North America or influence the human obesity rate.


Part of the Discover the Physical Sciences Breakfast Lecture Series.

Speaker Information


Adam Martiny


Assistant Professor of Earth system science and ecology and evolutionary biology


UC Irvine


Martiny, Adam

Date and Time: 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 7:30am


UC Irvine Student Conference Center, Doheny AB