Besides lab-based experiments and analytical infrastructure, we are engaged in different field studies. Through various collaborations with researchers at other universities and programs we have been fortunate to collected samples from different locations around the planet to study the chemistry that drive microbial communities, hosts, and ecosystems.
In 2018 we spent 4 week in South Africa, visiting the group of Rosie Dorrington at Rhodes University to conduct a spatial survey to map chemical and microbial gradients in Stromatolite pools (rocks made by cyanobacteria) at Schoenmakerskop.
In 2017 we were fortunate to spend 3 weeks on Mo'orea, a island in French Polynesia, that hosts a long-term ecological research (LTER) site. In the study, led by Craig Nelson, Linda Wegley and Andi Hass, we investigated how coral reefs and their microbiome produce and take up dissolved organic matter.
In 2015, we crossed Turkey from the the Ege University in Izmir to Trabzon in the north eastern part to collect vipers. In the study, led by Ayşe Nalbantsoy and Bayram Göçmen, we investigated regional venom variability in the Caucasus Viper.