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Craig E Nelson
I am a microbial systems biologist specializing in the structure and function of natural bacterial communities in aquatic habitats such as coral reefs, lakes, streams, and the open ocean. My research broadly seeks to identify novel bacteria and understand their role in ecosystem processes and biogeochemical transformations. Much of my work centers around culture-independent phylogenetic and metagenomic characterization of natural microbial communities and measurement of biogeochemical processes and chemical constituents in the surrounding environment which regulate and are regulated by these microbes. I maintain ancillary projects understanding the microbiomes of eukarya (corals, humans, amphibians, macroalgae) and studying bacterial pathogens in natural waters in the context of water quality.