Moore’s research focuses on how specific environmental factors influence the physiology and ecology of photosynthetic marine microorganisms, with a particular focus on the smallest, yet most abundant photosynthetic microorganism in the oceans, the marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus. Her research interests have recently expanded to include understanding biodiversity and evolution of microbial life through visualizing the microbial Tree of Life with information on observable traits and ecology. She also is interested in improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, in general, and genomic education, in particular, for non-scientists in the increasingly technological world of the 21st century. Moore is leading the effort to increase the role of students as citizen scientists in collecting large amounts of published information on microbial traits into a format that can be used by researchers to analyze evolution and visualize the biodiversity of microbes, as well as provide interesting descriptions of microbes on MicrobeWiki so the public can also learn and appreciate the biodiversity and importance of microorganisms.
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Discusses the relevance of a paper in the current issue of PNAS as to the importance of the finding that Prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthetic microbe in the oceans, can not only incorporate atmospheric CO2 during photosynthesis but can also take in organic forms of carbon when necessary for energy generation, thus expanding our view of the role of this ecologically important microbe in the marine carbon biogeochemical cycle.