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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

Our climate crisis, resulting from changes in interacting climate variables (temperature, rainfall, atmospheric chemistry) over the last century, has impacted all ecosystems on the surface of the Earth. With modern DNA sequencing techniques it is now possible to simultaneously sample thousands of different species, providing a window into the diverse soil organismal community and their ecological traits. While often the sequence data is stored at international nucleotide sequence data centers (NCBI, EBI, DDBJ), these databases do not have the resources to process and integrate microbiome data. This results in the compartmentalization of studies, failure to effectively utilize data across sites, and repetitive development of similar analytical pipelines across multiple research groups. Our working group proposes to alleviate some of these bottlenecks to make greater use of the existing genetic data to address climate related-questions and provide reference species (genomes) for future research. Our work will advance efforts to harmonize molecular information for microbial taxa and their functional traits, streamline their use in syntheses with related ecosystem level data, and enable future metagenomic studies to leverage EDI environmental data, spurring future microbial ecology research at LTER sites.

Principal Investigator(s)

Jeffrey Blanchard, Janet Jansson, Jason McDermott, Margaret O'Brien, Jorge Rodrigues, Lee Stanish

Project Dates

Start: January 9, 2020



Steven D. Allison
University of California, Irvine
Sreejata Bandopadhyay
Michigan State University
Jeffrey Blanchard
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Emery R. Boose
Harvard University
Blander Dvir
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Emiley Eloe-Fadrosh
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Sarah Evans
Michigan State University
Dawson Fairbanks
University of Arizona
Rachel Gallery
University of Arizona
Adina Howe
Iowa State University
Janet Jansson
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Linda Kinkel
University of Minnesota
Heather Kittredge
Michigan State University
Kate Lajtha
Oregon State University
Jason McDermott
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
David Myrold
Oregon State University
Kate Newcomer
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Margaret O'Brien
University of California, Santa Barbara
Jennifer Pett-Ridge
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jorge Rodrigues
University of California, Davis
William Rodriguez-Reillo
Harvard Medical School
Ashley Shade
Michigan State University
Lee Stanish
National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc. (NEON)
Cristina D. Takacs-Vesbach
University of New Mexico
Kristin Vanderbilt
University of New Mexico