We leverage genetics and genomics to reveal the complex connections between microbes and their environment.

Cyanobacteria | We are using 16S and metagenome sequencing techniques to investigate harmful algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee | Roger Griffith, Wikimedia Commons

Our research spans terrestrial, aquatic, and endosymbiotic environments.

Soil microbial communities | Aaron Escobar, Wikimedia Commons
In collaboration with horticulturists at Bok Tower Garden, our lab sequenced the microbiome of Rugel’s pawpaw (Deeringothamnus rugelii), an endangered species endemic to Florida.

Implications Beyond Our World

Inevitable future: space colonization beyond Earth with microbes first.

Discourse for scientists and space administrators on how and why to elevate microorganisms as essential components of future colonization strategies of our solar system. Microbial Ecology 95(10) doi 10.1093

Mera East Hills, Mars | NASA, Rover Spirit

Learn More About Research in the Lopez Lab

NSU Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center | 8000 North Ocean Drive | Dania Beach, FL 33004 | Lab Member Login