October 26, Tue 2010
1:00 pm, MRB 200 Conference Room
Dr. Ford Ballantyne
Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas
The roles cellular and sub-cellular "decisions" play in biogeochemical cycles
Global biogeochemical cycles are driven by the metabolism of microorganisms. The stoichiometric requirements of metabolism and structural elements serve to couple element fluxes from cellular scales to whole ecosystems. I will describe recent and ongoing work that attempts to link the regulation of cellular and sub-cellular processes to environmental conditions and ecosystem-level element fluxes.