Boardwalk Talk: Marine Deep Subsurface Fungi and How We Find Them

Remotely operated arm collects samples from seafloor.

  • Date: Wednesday, July 17
  • Time: 11:15 a.m.
  • Location: Alabama Aquarium
  • Speaker: Lydia Hayes-Guastella

Little is known about fungi in sediments deep below the seafloor because accessing the marine deep subsurface is expensive and difficult. Fungi have the unique ability to break down carbon sources that other organisms cannot, making them an important part of the carbon cycle and in interactions with other microorganisms.

Join us to talk about how we sample fungi far below the seafloor, how they can survive there, and what scientists are learning about the roles they play.