Environmental Genomics

The ability to collect large amounts of DNA sequence from organisms and environmental communities is revolutionizing the way that scientists understand and study fundamental biological processes both in the laboratory and the environment. The UD College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) is spearheading this effort by hosting an interdisciplinary Center for Environmental Genomics (CEG) linked to DBI that evolved from the former Center for Marine Environmental Genomics.

Under the direction of Prof. David Kirchman, the CEG brings together people from CEOE and the Colleges ofAgriculture & Natural ResourcesArts & Sciences, and Engineering who are interested in the application of genomic-related technology to solving basic and applied problems in the environment. Here “genomic” is used broadly to include bioinformatics, proteomics, and other “omic” sciences.

CEG faculty utilize the sequencing and computational capabilities housed in DBI to:

  • Understand how microbes function in the environment and in biogeochemical cycles
  • Understand how viruses affect microbial community structure and function
  • Understand the evolution of human, avian, and plant pathogens
  • Determine how important local species like the Horseshoe Crab respond to environmental stress
  • Monitor and understand Harmful Algal Blooms

The CEG also provides data hosting and links to bioinformatic resources, facilitates collaborations among diverse faculty, seeks to recruit high quality graduate students, and seeks to enhance the role of environmental scientists in the decision-making process of the University.

A complete list of CEG faculty and research interests can be found at: http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/CEG/pages/people.shtml