Dear colleagues,

As the abstract submission deadline is fast approaching (23 February) we would 
like to draw your 
attention to a special session (SS54) at the ASLO 2018 summer meeting, "Linking 
microbial ecology to 
carbon biogeochemistry across spatial scales", with an invited lecture by Dr. 
Ralf Conrad.  

We invite presentations focused on linkages between microbial ecology and 
carbon biogeochemistry to 
consider submitting their abstract to our session. 

We look forward to seeing you in Victoria,

Sophie Crevecoeur (UQAM, Montreal, Canada)
Paula Reis (UQAM, Montreal, Canada)
Trista Vick-Majors (Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana, 
Apologies for cross-postings.

Session description:
Linking microbial ecology to carbon biogeochemistry across spatial scales 
Aquatic ecosystems are crucial components of the global carbon (C) cycle, 
acting as hotspots for the 
degradation and production of myriad C compounds. Most of this C processing 
happens through the 
activity of microorganisms, which possess diverse metabolisms and profoundly 
impact the composition 
of C compounds in water. Such metabolisms include autotrophy, heterotrophic DOM 
recycling, and the 
production and consumption of greenhouse gases. These processes occur and are 
controlled at a range 
of scales, from the genomic and cellular to the ecosystem and landscape. 
Through this session, we seek 
to better understand the interactions between individual microbial cells, 
microbial communities, and the 
cycling of carbon in aquatic environments. We invite contributors from marine 
and freshwater research 
targeting linkages between microbial ecology and carbon cycling across spatial 
scales from the cell to 
the landscape. Contributions that focus on the link between microbial diversity 
and ecosystem function, 
the controls on microbial cycling of carbon, or on microbial activity and rates 
of carbon transformation 
and/or their energetic balance, are welcome. The application of innovative 
approaches or new concepts 
related to microbial carbon cycling are especially encouraged to form a dynamic 
platform to discuss 
advances in the field of microbial biogeochemistry.

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