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From metagenomics and metatranscriptomics to single-cell genomics, recent advances in next-generation sequencing technologies and molecular techniques have revolutionized the field of microbiology. Problems that seemed intractable are now within our capabilities of addressing.  Taking advantage of these novel, cutting-edge molecular techniques, the Mason Lab is interested in understanding how microbial communities respond to perturbations in the environment, such as decreasing oxygen concentrations (dead zones), oil spills and sea level rise (marshes) and in understanding the ecological impact of this response. We also study microscale trophic interactions using pitcher plant leaves to carry out experiments directed at characterizing predator (protozoa)/prey (microbes) interactions, evolution and to test ecological theory.  

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