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Our primary research goal is to understand the microbial mechanisms that regulate carbon and nutrient cycling in ecosystems. Our research interests integrate biochemical, molecular, and theoretical approaches to yield new insights into ecosystem and global-scale biogeochemistry. We study a broad range of systems--from the ocean to the boreal forest--but all of this work is linked to the functional role of microbes in ecosystems. The function we focus on is extracellular enzyme production, since enzymes drive biogeochemical cycles and help microbes acquire resources.

Incorporating microbial processes into biogeochemical models

Microbial enzyme traits and global change in California grassland

Tradeoffs in the adaptation of fungal decomposers to global warming

Microbial biodiversity controls on ocean elemental ratios

Links between enzymes, microbes, and ocean water quality at Newport Beach

© Steven Allison 2012