Microcosm Digital Magazine - Spring 2022
In this issue of Microcosm, we explore the intersection between water-dwelling microbes, human health and climate change. Dive in for articles about coral reef microbiomes, waterborne diseases, the (re)emergence of microbes from melting glaciers and more.
Letter From the Editor
ASM's membership magazine has undergone many changes over the years since its inception. Explore the history of Microcosm with Stanley Maloy, the magazine's editor in chief.
Microbes and Meltwater
Melting glaciers don’t only impact human communities; they also reshape microbial life. Could viruses, bacteria and fungi that have been buried for hundreds of thousands of years once again see the sun?
Beware the Plastics
Plastic is a health hazard to marine animals, a potential toxin to humans and a disruptive presence to seaborne commerce. What role can the microbiology community play in helping to ameliorate, and ultimately solve, this challenge?
Symbiosis on the Reef: Healthy Relationships Under Stress
Coral reefs are among the world’s most beautiful and biodiverse ecosystems. What do stressors, like climate change, ocean acidification and overfishing, mean for life on the reef?
Meet the Microbiologist: Shark Epidermis Microbiome with Elizabeth Dinsdale
Sharks’ epidermises are covered in dermal denticles—overlapping tooth-like structures that help sharks to move quickly and quietly through the water. How can metagenomic sequencing provide information about the function of the sequenced microbes found in the underlaying mucus layer of shark epidermises?
Waterborne Diseases in a Changing Climate
Water is considered the universal solvent for biological life. How can environmental changes and extreme weather events impact the spread of waterborne diseases?
Is Your Water Safe to Drink? Ask the Microbes
While invisible to the naked eye, seemingly clear water can be full of microorganisms that are not safe to drink. How can water-testing kits serve as educational tools that demonstrate best practices for identifying safe drinking water?
What's Hot Table of Contents
From new insights into antimicrobial resistance to how shipwrecks contribute to microbial diversity on the ocean floor, read all about what's hot in the microbial sciences.
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Editor in Chief
Stanley Maloy, Ph.D.
San Diego State University
Steven Finkel, Ph.D.
University of Southern California
Colleen Kraft, M.D., M.Sc.
Emory Medical Laboratories
Timothy J. Donohue, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin
Marylynn Yates, Ph.D.
University of California
Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D.
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