Microbiome research is among the most exciting and promising areas of science today. Many technological advances now allow us to determine in complex environments which microbes are present and their metabolism. Our laboratory’s primary long-term research goal is to contribute to the understanding of microbial communities by applying genome-based technologies and bioinformatic methods. We particularly enjoy discovering new microbes (bacteria, viruses and protists) in the Pioneer Valley, North Quabbin Woods and at our research sites at the Harvard Forest. Working in the fields of evolutionary biology and climate change, we are sensitive to how scientific results can be difficult to reconcile with our belief systems and seek to increase public understanding of scientific data. Our research is currently supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and New England BioLabs.