It's been a while! This is just a quick note. I plan to update the pages soon, what's been accomplished, what's no longer in our sites, new publications, current work in progress. The big item - we're finally submitting the Porter Ranch work. I'm about half way through the submission portal, crossing all the T's that are involved with this process. The Sphingobium genome is available now in Genbank as part of that work, and there's a great chance that this bioinformation will help hammer out some details of methane monooxygenase trees, connecting phylogeny and enzyme structure to function. Long term goal: Create biotechnologies to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Quick informatic nugget: it looks like ethane in environmental alkane disaster events may inhibit methane oxidizers. Thus, clean up of methane during gas leaks may first require drawdown of ethane - before methanotrophs can 'come online' and do their thing. Since natural gas normally has ethane, this changes how we think about the dynamics of natural methane bioremediation.
I've been pursuing other interests as well, this year, and may soon have a new direction in life, which is frankly thrilling. Life's not for the timid, but on the flip side it's full of opportunity.
It's a rainy day here in Southern California. Most welcome! Hopefully the rain will be gentle and soak into the ground; with luck it will not cause landslides in the burn areas. We're on flash flood watch today, but so far the rain has been soft and light, like a kiss. :-) Green mountainsides are right around the corner.