Tiny Cells, Global Impact: A Journey of Discovery with a Microbe from the Sea

Date: 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

Image of speaker Sallie Chisholm for her lecture Tiny Cells, Global Impact: A Journey of Discovery with a Microbe from the Sea

Free Public Lecture

Sallie W. Chisholm, Institute Professor, Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Phytoplankton–microscopic photosynthetic cells–form the base of ocean food webs. They are responsible for half the photosynthesis on Earth and thus play a central role in our planet’s metabolism. Discovered only three decades ago, Prochlorococcus is the smallest and most abundant member of the phytoplankton, manufacturing billions of tons of living biomass each year. Sallie Chisholm will discuss how this tiny microbe has helped scientists to understand the forces that shape ecosystems and to appreciate their genetic diversity.

Evolution Matters Lecture Series is supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit.

Free event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.