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Jennifer Bowen, Associate professor in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, poses for a portrait at the Marine Science Center campus in Nahant, Massachusetts

Microbial behavior reveals effects of climate change, urbanization on salt marshes

Salt marshes play a key role reducing the effects of urbanization and climate change. These marshes absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and the microbes in the marsh break the carbon down. That’s why researchers, like Northeastern University’s Jennifer Bowen, are working to find out how these vital ecosystems tick.

The ecstasy of working underwater

As far as unique work envi­ron­ments go, under­water is at the front of the pack. Marine sci­en­tists lit­er­ally sub­merge them­selves in a vast ecosystem to gain a better under­standing of the organ­isms that live there.