These are methanotrophic microcosms that are being used to develop and test new approaches to modeling microbial biogeochemistry using thermodynamic approaches (namely, the principle of maximum entropy production).
This is a Winogradsky column that Joseph Vallino uses in a SES course on Methods in Microbial Ecology. Almost every bacterial metabolic process that occurs on Earth also occurs in these columns that are simply constructed by placing freshwater or marine sediments augmented with a carbon source (such as saw dust) and fertilizer (N and P) in a column and topping it off with either fresh or sea water. Julie Huber is a co-instructor in the course.
Cover reads: Land Margin Ecosystems Research (LMER) Annual Scientists' Meeting, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 13-15 November 1992
Announcement for LMER Coordination grant from National Science Foundation in 1994 at Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Lab
Understanding changes in coastal ecosystems: the Land Margin Ecosystems Research Program, draft report
Draft report. Authors: Walter Boynton, James T. Hollibaugh, David Jah, Michael Kemp, James Kremer, Charles Simenstad, Stephen V. Smith, Ivan Valiela
Call for proposals from US National Science Foundation for Land-Margin Ecosystems Research for 1994
Winter 1997 Newsletter of the Land Margin Ecosystems Research Program: Understanding changes in coastal environments
Spring 1996 Newsletter of the Land Margin Ecosystems Research Program: Understanding changes in coastal environments
Fall 1998 Newsletter of the Land Margin Ecosystems Research Program: Understanding changes in coastal environments
Call for proposals from US National Science Foundation for Land-Margin Ecosystems Research for 1992
Map of Gaius Shaver's data collection sites in Barrow, Alaska, from 1973
Simulation of global annual net primary production from Ecosystems Center researchers' Terrestrial Ecosystem Model
Figure from page 22 of the Ecosystems Center Annual Report 1992