NorthenLab: Exometabolomics linking genomes with environments to understand how webs of microbes sustain biomes
Marc Van Goethem

Marc Van Goethem

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Linking metagenomics and metabolomics in soil biocrust

Biological soil crusts (biocrust) cover a substantial proportion of the Earth’s terrestrial surface. These microbe-dominated soil communities face uncertain futures given expected shifts in precipitation quantity and frequency against the backdrop of a warming climate scenario. My research links metagenomics of entire biocrust communities to their produced metabolites in order to consolidate our understanding of these important photosynthetic consortia in desert ecosystems under the changing environment.




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