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E. Virginia Armbrust Marine microbiologist

E. Virginia Armbrust and members of her lab use molecular approaches and combine lab-based and field-based studies to address basic questions about the function of marine ecosystems. The study of the ocean’s phytoplankton is a central research focus in the Armbrust Lab. These organisms are responsible for about 40 per cent of the total amount of photosynthesis that occurs on our planet. They play a critical role in the global carbon cycle and ultimately in global climate. Because much of the organic carbon generated by phytoplankton is used by bacteria, the Armbrust Lab also studies bacterial/phytoplankton interactions.


Director, Center for Environmental Genomics, University of Washington

Co-Director, Pacific Northwest Center for Human Health and Ocean Studies, University of Washington

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Marine Microbiology Investigator, 2012-2017.

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2012.

Lowell A. and Frankie L. Wakefield Professor, 2008.

Relevant Publications

E. V. Armbrust and S. R. Palumbi Too, "Uncovering hidden worlds of ocean biodiversity," Science. vol. 348, pp. 865-867. May 2015.



Advisor Integrated Microbial Biodiversity


University of WashingtonSchool of Oceanography


PhD (Biological Oceanography) Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

BA (Human Biology) Stanford University


United States

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