Curiosity Meets Discovery Lecture Series

Living Together in the Dark: Symbioses between Bacteria and Marine Animals

Feb 16,
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  • Location: MPFI.ORG

Symbioses between bacteria and marine animals were first discovered at hydrothermal vents in the deep sea 45 years ago, when researchers first discovered large communities of animals thriving in the dark two and a half kilometers below the sea surface. Learn how the discovery of these lightless ecosystems revolutionized our understanding of the energy sources that fuel life on Earth and led to the discovery of these kind of associations around the world, including shallow water off the coast of Florida!

Prof. Dr. Nicole Dubilier’s is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology. Her research has fueled a major change in our understanding of the importance, diversity and function of symbiosis in marine environments. In this presentation she will share the questions that her lab explores as well as the toolkit of methods they use to understand the ecology and evolution of these fascinating host-microbe associations.