The Ward Lab


Research in the Ward laboratory concerns the marine and global nitrogen cycle, using molecular biological investigations of marine bacteria and bacterial processes (especially nitrification and denitrification), and measuring the rates of N transformation processes using various isotope approaches. We have ongoing research in the following areas:

  • Nitrogen cycling (nitrification, denitrification, anammox, etc.) in several suboxic zones of the world ocean (Arabian Sea, Eastern Tropical North and South Pacific) and in Chesapeake Bay, Great Sippewissett Salt Marsh, etc.
  • Nitrogen assimilation by phytoplankton and functional diversity of eukaryotic phytoplankton in the world ocean
  • Diversity of functional guilds of bacteria involved in the nitrogen cycle of aquatic systems

Please contact us for more information and for queries about undergraduate, graduate and post doctoral research opportunities.

News - 2014

North Atlantic Research Expedition: Connecting students with scientists
"THE ADVENTURES OF A SCIENCE TEACHER AT SEA" Over the next two months, Ms. B, a high school chemistry teacher will be blogging about her experiences as she joins Princeton University’s North Atlantic Research Expedition. The topics will discuss: life as a scientist on board the vessel, the science of what they are studying, the daily activities in a science lab, how to run experiments, and anything else that Ms. B finds informative, interesting, or just plain awesome.