GMGI Travels Abroad for ASLO Conference

Earlier this month, GMGI researchers Matt Harke, Ph.D. and Jennifer Polinski attended the 2023 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. This conference brings thousands of aquatic and marine scientists under one roof for five days of scientific talks, posters, and workshops.

In addition to meeting new colleagues, reconnecting with old ones, and discussing possible collaborations, Matt and Jennifer presented some of their research. Jennifer highlighted our work with NOAA/SBNMS scientists, funded by the Danaher Foundation, in her talk “From sediment to surface: Ecosystem-wide diversity using environmental DNA can inform conversation and management in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.” Dr. Harke presented “Drifting in the deep: Insights into the diversity and function of hydrothermal vent plume microbial community dynamics,” highlighting work done in partnership with OceanX.

Additionally, Matt chaired a session focused on “Omics Ocean Observations to Reveal Microbial Ecosystem Dynamics and Resilience,” which drew so large a crowd that conference attendees were queuing in the doorway to hear the exciting science that was presented.

GMGI was thrilled to participate in this year’s conference and looks forward to cultivating the connections that were made.