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Call for papers - Microbiomes of open water and coastal pelagic environments

Guest Editor(s):

Connie Lovejoy: Université Laval, Canada
Joy Watts: University of Portsmouth, UK

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 30  Sep 2023


Microbiome and Environmental Microbiome are calling for submissions to our Collection on Microbiomes of open water and coastal pelagic environments. 

The aim of the collection is bringing together research on open water and coastal pelagic environments.  Given the technological and bioinformatics advancements, combined with recent and ongoing global sampling efforts across oceans and coastal aquatic systems, a focused collection on marine pelagic microbiomes is needed.

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Meet the Guest Editors

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Connie Lovejoy: Université Laval, Canada

Dr Connie Lovejoy research is mainly focused on integrative biology using genomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics, applied to environmental microbiology. The goal is to understand where and how the microbial communities of oceans and smaller bodies of water interact with global energy and nutrient cycles. She has specific oceanic projects in the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic, her freshwater research has been focused on ponds and lakes of Northern Québec and Ellesmere Island. This research is possible because of affiliations with ArcticNet, Québec Ocean, Centre d’Études Nordiques and the CNRS Unité Mixte Internationale- Takuvik. Other international projects led by her team include genomic and transcriptomics of five chromist algae from the Arctic Ocean.

Joy Watts: University of Portsmouth, UK

Dr Joy Watts is Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and a Professor of Environmental Microbiology with her research focusing upon the application of molecular tools to understand the microbial diversity and important interactions that can degrade recalcitrant organic compounds, such as lignin. This includes diversity and function of microbes associated with the GI tracts of wood eating organisms, detection of antimicrobial resistance in aquaculture and marine systems. She has active expert panel roles for the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, is an editorial board member for journals, including Nature Scientific Reports, is Editor-in-Chief for Environmental Microbiome, and is an advisor for the Marine Microbiome Policy Report. With a funding track record from the European Commission, NERC and Innovate UK.

 


About the collection

Microbiome and Environmental Microbiome are calling for submissions to our Collection on Microbiomes of open water and coastal pelagic environments.

The aim of the collection is bringing together research on open water and coastal pelagic environments. Given the technological and bioinformatics advancements, combined with recent and ongoing global sampling efforts across oceans and coastal aquatic systems, a focused collection on marine pelagic microbiomes is needed.    

Oceans cover 70% of the planet and the microbial communities have a dominant role in global carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur cycles.  Microbes associated with sinking organic matter also ensure a more rapid remineralisation of silica and other elements.  While phytoplankton are the main agents for fixing inorganic carbon and support higher trophic levels in the marine ecosystem, they also have effectively drawn down anthropogenic CO2 from the atmosphere, which can eventually sink to deeper waters. This fixed carbon has been a carbon sink since the beginning of the Anthropocene.  The net effect of oceanic carbon sequestration is dependent on the structure and complexity of planktonic marine microbiomes.   Global marine waters are a myriad of niches that are evident from the surface to the deep sea, and across latitudes and longitudes. In addition, complex atmospheric and terrestrial teleconnections influence, nutrients, temperature, light and oxygen, all of which select for microbial consortia. 

The collection will consider new research and invited reviews investigating microbiomes of, for example, regional seas, depth strata in the ocean, and coastal interfaces. The central focus of the microbiomes could also include, phytoplankton, heterotrophic protists, bacteria, archaea and viruses.



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Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read the submission guidelines of the journal you are submitting to Microbiome and Environmental Microbiome. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp Microbiome and Environmental Microbiome. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select Microbiomes of open water and coastal pelagic environments from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the standard peer-review process of the journal they are considered in Microbiome, Environmental Microbiome and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.