Jackson Lab for Microbiome Studies and Microbial Ecology
Most biodiversity in the world doesn't exist as plants or animals, but as microorganisms. These microbes are intimately associated with all living things forming their microbiome, the microbial community associated with an animal or plant host. Similarly, all natural environments also harbor their own microbiome; the assemblages of Bacteria, Archaea, and microbial Eukarya found in soils and waters.
Researchers in the Jackson Lab study the microbiomes of plants, animals, soils, and waters, and as well as characterizing spatial and temporal patterns in microbiome stucture also elucidate the importance of these communities in ecosystem level processes such as organic matter decomposition and nutrient cycling.
So take a few minutes to look around the Jackson Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi.