NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genomics will play a role in the new oceanographic research center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the university said recently.
The university’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology used a $19-million National Science Foundation grant to establish the facility, called the Center for Microbial Oceanography.
The center will encourage collaborations and partnerships between oceanography, microbiology, ecology, and genomics, the school said.
Researchers will study how biological diversity detected at the genome level expresses itself at the ecosystem function level, said Edward DeLong, C-MORE’s associate director for research.
The new center also assembled an interdisciplinary team including researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Oregon State University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Education, and the Hawaii Department of Education.
As the University of Hawaii announced in August, the NSF made its $19-million award through the Science and Technology Centers program. The award will be paid over the next five years. The Agouron Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation also funded the center.