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Vega Shah

Vega Shah

I am second-year graduate student in biological oceanography at UW. My goal is to study the unique microbial communities that inhabit oxygen-minimum waters of hydrothermal vent plumes. In particular, I want to collect water samples from several vent plumes to do both culture-based and culture independent genomic studies to explore the activity of bacteria and archaea in absence of oxygen. I believe that certain dominant bacterial groups play an important role in biogeochemical cycling of inorganic nutrients in vent plumes. Microbial activity in vent plumes are not well studied due to lack of cultured representatives from these environments, and I am excited to get an opportunity to do so by participating in the VISIONS '13 cruise.

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