Coastal ecologists from the MBL and the University of Chicago convened last fall to explore the “invisibles” in coastal food webs. How do plants and animals in the food chain interact with microbes in the environment, and how do those interactions affect the cycling of elements, such as nitrogen, through the coastal ecosystem? Read more in the scientists’ review article and in University of Chicago Medicine’s Science Life blog.
Photo: Common intertidal tidepool inhabitants, including nitrogen-excreting invertebrates like barnacles & mussels. Photo: Orissa Moulton, University of Chicago