ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) - A University of South Florida marine scientist has been recognized as one of the nation's brightest young researchers.
The Tampa Tribune reported that Mya Breitbart has been named to Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant Ten" list.
The 35-year-old New Jersey native has developed a way to map the genomes of an entire ecosystem from seawater to sewage.
She and her team have also expanded research into a new brand of biology called metagenomics. For example, instead of studying the victims of illness for viruses, researchers would instead investigate the mosquitoes that sampled their blood to see which viruses are circulating. This would also be applicable in agriculture to see which diseases are circulating among plants by catching bugs that feed on them.
Breitbart is an associated professor of biological oceanography.