Michael S RappéRappe_profile

Research Professor
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawaii at Manoa
PO BOX 1346 (for US Postal Service)
46-007 Lilipuna Road (for deliveries)
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Phone: (808) 236-7464
Fax: (808) 236-7443

Email: rappe@hawaii.edu // Twitter: @mikerappe

The overarching theme of my research is to understand the impact of microbial genetic diversity on ocean ecology, and interpret this diversity through the lens of bacterial taxonomy and evolution. My lab investigates the ecology and evolution of marine microorganisms by combining surveys of natural microbial communities, nucleic acid sequence data, and studies with model systems in controlled settings. We borrow ideas, methods, and technology from various disciplines, including traditional marine microbiology, community ecology, biological oceanography, biogeochemistry, molecular biology, genomics, and informatics. While our research is generally focused within three systems – planktonic marine environments spanning the near-shore to the open ocean, corals and coral reefs, and the oceanic deep subsurface biosphere – we pursue other opportunities that allow for us to follow interesting questions regarding the rich microbial diversity inhabiting our planet.

I received my B.Sc. from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and my Ph.D. from the Genetics Program and Department of Microbiology at Oregon State University, where I worked with Dr. Stephen Giovannoni on the phylogenetic diversity of marine microorganisms. I did postdoctoral research at the Station Biologique de Roscoff with Dr. Daniel Vaulot on bacteria associated with toxic dinoflagellates, as well as with Stephen Giovannoni on novel experiments to cultivate marine microorganisms.