We are not alone on this planet. Bugs are everywhere, butterflies and viruses alike. What are bugs trying to teach us regarding mutation and survival? Will we ever win the battle against deadly viruses? Or will bugs prove our undoing?
Jed Fuhrman is McCulloch-Crosby Chair in Marine Biology & professor of biology at USC. He studies the roles of microorganisms in natural marine ecosystems and the cycling of matter in the ocean, from the microscopic scale to the global scale. His work has also moved beyond the lab to improve public health. He measures human pathogenic viruses at recreational beaches as a potential health hazard, and works on innovative ways to make such measurements relatively easy and inexpensive.