Edward F. DeLong
University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States of America
DeLong’s scientific interests focus primarily on central questions in marine microbial genomics, biogeochemistry, ecology, and evolution. Understanding the emergent properties of microbes in their natural environmental settings, from genomes to biomes, has remained a central goal throughout his career. A large part of DeLong’s efforts have been devoted to the study of microbes and microbial processes in the ocean, combining field-based approaches and genomic technologies. Development and application of genomic, biochemical and metabolic approaches to study marine microbial communities and processes has been a longstanding, central area of interest in his lab. Currently, Delong is coupling high resolution, oceanographic field surveys with advanced genomic technologies, to map the diversity, variability and activity of marine microbial communities in four dimensions in situ, and interpreting those dynamics in the context of global biogeochemical cycles. DeLong received his Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology at the University of California Davis, and his Ph.D. in Marine Biology at Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. He was a Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara in the Department of Ecology for seven years, a Senior Scientist and Science Chair at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute for seven years, and a Professor at the MIT in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Biological Engineering for 10 years. For the past 5 years, he has served as a Professor of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. DeLong also serves as co-Director for the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), and the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE). DeLong is an elected Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the European Molecular Biology Organization, the U. S. National Academy of Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.