Prof. Wally Fulweiler gives invited talk at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

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October 31st, 2013

Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler gave an invited talk earlier this week at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) as part of their Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry seminar series.

Fulweiler’s presentation, entitled “How we underestimated marine sediment nitrogen fixation,” focused on research her lab has been conducting in salt marshes and subtidal sediments around New England. Their research highlights the overlooked importance of sediment N-fixation in marine ecosystems. Included in her talk were the most recent research results from current lab members including Ph.D. student Sarah Foster and postdoctoral associate Dr. Silvia Newell. Fulweiler was excited to present the combined molecular-biogeochemical results that highlight the presence of N-fixation under a variety of environmental conditions as well as potential controls on geochemical rates. This combined approach is a new direction for her lab – and one that is providing key insights into this important and yet under-estimated process.

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