NOAA 'Omics

What is 'Omics?

'Omics describes a suite of cutting-edge tools used to analyze DNA, RNA, proteins, or metabolites. Many 'Omics approaches are faster, less invasive, and more comprehensive than traditional methods. Advances in 'Omics have revolutionized biological study, benefitting many fields including public health, medicine, agriculture, and conservation. For NOAA, techniques such as high-throughput DNA sequencing and subsequent bioinformatics analyses can be harnessed to benefit a myriad of national priorities including fisheries management, aquaculture development, food and water safety, species and habitat conservation, seafood consumer protection, biodiversity monitoring, and natural products discovery. Continued investment in 'Omics within NOAA will aid operational efficiency, ecosystem assessments and forecasts, and the US Blue Economy.


NOAA 'Omics Working Group

The NOAA Omics Working Group (OWG) was established by the NOAA Science Council (NSC) as a cross-NOAA effort to understand the current portfolio of 'omics-related activities across the organization, identify priorities and needs for the future, and work to develop solutions to implementation challenges in this nascent sector of research. Check out how the OWG is advancing 'omics activities across the organization:


NOAA 'Omics Seminar Series

The NOAA 'Omics Seminar Series was established in an effort to increase transparency and collaborations and highlight the groundbreaking 'omics research currently underway within and outside the organization. This seminar series takes place on the third Wednesday of every month at 12pm ET / 9am PT through June 2022. More information can be found on the NOAA Science Seminar Series webpage.

Upcoming Seminars:

February 23, 2022 at 12pm ET / 9am PT

TitleUnderstanding the genetic mechanisms that facilitate local adaptation in the genomics era
Presenter: Dr. Wes Larson, Genetics Program Manager, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Past Seminars:

January 19, 2022

Title: Combating the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) outbreak using ‘omics
Presenter: Dr. Michael Studivan, Assistant Scientist, NOAA/OAR Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), University of Miami, Miami, FL
Title: An ‘omics approach to multi-stressor resilience in the threatened coral, Acropora cervicornis
Presenter: Dr. Ana Palacio-Castro, NRC Postdoctoral Researcher, NOAA/OAR Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)
Recording here

December 15, 2021

Title: Environmental DNA and RNA for advanced management and accurate surveillance of aquatic invasive species
Presenter: Dr. Subba Rao Chaganti, Assistant Research Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, University of Michigan
Recording here

November 17, 2021

Title: Connecting microbes, phytoplankton, and oceanography in the California Current with eDNA and metagenomes 
Presenter: Dr. Nastassia Patin, Postdoctoral Research, NOAA/OAR Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), University of Miami, Miami, FL. Stationed at NOAA/NMFS, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, La Jolla, CA
Recording here

October 29, 2021

Title: Fishing for eDNA: how much water to catch and other questions
Presenters: Jesse Ausubel, Director, Program for the Human Environmental, The Rockefeller University and Dr. Mark Stoeckle, Senior Research Associate, Program for the Human Environment, The Rockefeller University
Recording here

October 20, 2021

Title: Evaluation of the role of inversion polymorphisms in the evolution of sympatric intraspecific diversity: a theoretical and empirical study
Presenter: Sara Schaal, Ph.D. Candidate, Northeastern University
Recording here

September 15, 2021

Title: Environmental DNA provides quantitative and efficient estimates of hake abundance and distribution in support of fisheries management
Presenter: Dr. Ole Shelton, Research Ecologist, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Recording here

August 18, 2021

Title: The utility of ‘Omics in environmental forecasting
Presenter: Dr. Anderson Mayfield, Assistant Scientist, University of Miami’s Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Studies and NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Program
Title: Molecular mechanisms of coral persistence within urbanized locations in Port of Miami
Presenter: Dr. Ewelina Rubin, Senior Research Associate II, University of Miami’s Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Studies and NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Program
Recording here

July 21, 2021

Title: Omics as a tool for exploring bacterial networks: a coral disease case study
Presenter(s): Dr. Rebecca Certner, Competition Manager, NOAA National Sea Grant Office and Dr. Sara Williams, Postdoc, Mote Marine Laboratory
Title: Omics identifies strong population differentiation and the underlying genomic architecture in lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus)
Presenter: Dr. Gary Longo, NRC Research Associate, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Recording here

June 16, 2021

Title: Using 'Omics to identify obligate, beneficial, and transient microbes in marine foundation species
Presenter: Dr. Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn, Ecologist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Recording unavailable