Marine microorganisms inhabit diverse environments and interact over different spatial and temporal scales. To fully understand how these interactions shape genome structures, cellular responses, lifestyles, community ecology and biogeochemical cycles, integration of diverse approaches and data is essential.
We want to especially acknowledge the speakers and discussion leaders of the 2016 Marine Microbes GRC meeting for their thoughts, insights and inspiration during the meeting and in writing this comment. We also thank all attendees of the 2016 Marine Microbes GRC for their novel and thought-provoking research and ideas and who continue to shape our dynamic field. The authors are chairs of past and future GRCs in 2010 (C.P.-A.), 2016 (C.L.), 2018 (K.D.B.) and 2020 (C.P.D.B.).