Ocean observation using microbial genomics: a new baseline tool for environmental effects monitoring of marine pollution

By January 10, 2021January 20th, 2021No Comments
Institution: University of Calgary
Theme: Human activity
Area of Vulnerability: Marine ecosystems/living resources, Marine industries

Principal investigator

Casey Hubert, University of Calgary


Cycle II, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. Projects

This project uses microbial genomics to examine effects of marine pollution on the ocean environment and has characterized 350 Scotian Slope marine surface and subsurface sediment samples. Genomic sequencing of these samples has provided an initial microbial baseline in the Scotian Slope region that could inform oil spill bioremediation strategies. Although not completed, through this project the work will continue with the Genome Canada GAPP project, “Microbial genomics for de-risking offshore oil & gas exploration in Nova Scotia.”