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Promoting a mechanistic understanding of the chemical currencies in marine microbial ecosystems in the context of a changing planet and through increased participation in ocean sciences

Mission Statement

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Jessika Fuessel (right) preparing surface ocean samples using red light to not wake up microbes in night-time samples, Evan Kiefl (left). Photo by Meren, MBL

One-quarter of carbon derived from photosynthesis on Earth cycles rapidly through a pool of seawater metabolites generated by the activities of microbes. These molecules help govern the global carbon cycle, provide life-supporting nutrients, and support the function of marine food webs that ensure a vital and healthy ocean.

The Center for Chemical Currencies of a Microbial Planet (C-CoMP) will promote a deeper understanding of the chemicals and chemical processes that underpin ocean ecosystems and the global carbon cycle by leveraging recent advances in analytical and data sciences, incorporating new ocean sampling technologies, using an open-science framework, and engaging educators and policy-makers.

Broadening Participation

 

Three people collect water from gray Niskin bottles attached to a rosette device while two people stand nearby and look over a sample sheet on a clipboard.

Guided by the water boss (in the teal shirt holding the clipboard), the students and postdocs gather around the rosette to sample water during a 2013 cruise to the South Atlantic Ocean.

C-CoMP is committed to enhancing racial, sexual, and gender representation in the ocean sciences. We will increase undergraduate retention and recruitment by establishing C-CoMP undergraduate and graduate research programs that (1) integrate academic, social, and professional development, and (2) provide opportunities to explore research as a career regardless of social identity. C-CoMP programs will provide opportunities for underrepresented minority (URM) students to participate in authentic research experiences that address problems of societal relevance (e.g., Earth’s carbon cycle and climate system), leading to increased URM engagement and retention.

Opportunities

Community Opportunities

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Award Information and Disclaimer

 

C-CoMP is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center (Award # 2019589) that is based at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website are those of C-CoMP and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.