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Priming the ocean’s carbon pump

April 1, 2019

When it comes to climate change and carbon reduction, Susanne Neuer is thinking small — extremely small. The Arizona State University biological oceanographer, both a professor in the School of Life Sciences and associate faculty in the Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics, is an expert on marine phytoplankton, microscopic algae found in the sunlit zone of waters all over the globe. As Neuer is quick to point out, phytoplankton may be small — too small...

ASU joins aggressive White House initiative to probe the mysteries of the microbiome

May 13, 2016

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced today a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) to foster the integrated study of microbiomes across different ecosystems. Helping lead the initiative is Dr. Ferran Garcia-Pichel, dean of natural sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University and founding director of the Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics, which launched today in concert with...

ASU, White House collaborate to investigate mysteries of microorganisms

May 13, 2016

We asked Garcia-Pichel to explain microbiomes, from where they come, the reasons they are important and why it is the right time to studying them more closely. Question: What is a microbe? Answer: A microbiome is the collective ecological community of microbes that reside in an environment, like a human body, a desert or a river. part is really easy. It is a living organism that you cannot see with your naked eye. Q: Where do microbes live? A: They live everywhere. You...

ASU oceanographer featured on STEM Journals television show

November 19, 2013

Water is the basis of all life on planet Earth, and it is currently the focus of a science-based television show. Geoff Notkin, host of Cox 7 Arizona’s “STEM Journals,” interviews Arizona State University associate professor Susanne Neuer as part of an episode focused on water and important water-related issues. Notkin meets Neuer in the field as she takes water samples from the Salt River in central Arizona. Neuer is an oceanographer who runs a marine biology lab at ASU’s School...

The breathing ocean: Reducing the effects of climate change

June 18, 2013

Each year, between the burning of fossil fuels and the clearing of old-growth forests, humans put about 10 petagrams of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. A petagram is one quadrillion grams. Ten petagrams is equivalent to the mass of Halley's comet, to put it in perspective. Having a steady amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is necessary to ensure stable average temperatures across the globe. Ideally, carbon output and uptake would balance out, as it has for centuries. But since the...