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Our goal is to resolve major outstanding knowledge gaps at the heart of the global carbon cycle while focusing on the surface ocean carbon flux.

Chemical Currencies of Surface Ocean Microbes


We are identifying the molecules or molecular classes that play critical roles in the flux of carbon and other elements through the surface ocean. To achieve this goal, we are combining strategic chemical identification, focused metabolite annotation, and chemical and biological data integration.


Rules of the Chemical-Microbial Network


We are exploring governing principles of the chemical-microbial network that regulate the massive transfer of carbon between global reservoirs. To accomplish this, we are combining experiments with model organisms and communities with field observations (BATS, MVCO) and network models.

Modeling the chemical-microbe network over physical scales from cells to global, and organizational levels from cellular to aggregated systems. Mechanistic models (blue) and data-driven models (green) cover the spatial and organizational space. Gray arrows show key links between model scales. Figure credit: C-CoMP Team.

Network Sensitivity and Feedbacks on Climate


We are exploring the robustness, resilience, and evolution of surface ocean microbial communities within the context of a changing ocean. We are working to integrate emerging insights through numerical modeling to uncover the principles that control the fate of labile DOC on regional to global scales.

Meeting Structure

C-CoMP members collaborate within 6 domain-based working groups and within 5 multidisciplinary project groups that have coalesced around specific deliverables.


Working Groups

Participants in these domain-based working groups meet frequently (typically bi-weekly) to discuss research updates, troubleshoot challenges, and work together on specific collaborative projects. Working groups are open to all C-CoMP members. Click on the buttons below to learn more about each working group!

Multidisciplinary Research Project Groups

Participants in these multidisciplinary research projects groups work together towards specific tools and discoveries. Click on the name of each project group that is listed below to learn more!