Research from Professor Martin Polz shows short-lived microbial communities are able to form despite rapidly varying conditions
Research from Professor Martin Polz, in collaboration with Professor Eric Alm, shows that microbial communities in the ocean are able to form despite rapidly varying conditions in a coastal environment, but that these communities demonstrate high turnover. The researchers, including graduate student Brian Cleary of the Broad Institute and the computational and systems biology program; former CEE postdoc Antonio Martin-Platero; CEE postdoctoral associate Kathryn Kauffman; and former CEE graduate student and biological engineering postdoc Sarah Preheim, used a time series method and an algorithm to understand the patterns and behavior of the communities over time. The paper was published in Nature Communications. Read more on MIT News.