From jellyfish to elephants, biodiversity keeps the world turning

June 5, 2020

Ninety percent of all life in the oceans, by weight, is microbial. The big stuff, those whales and other charismatic megafauna, are actually pretty trivial in terms of overall biomass. This invisible majority produces half the oxygen on the planet – every second breath that we take.

2019 Wall Scholar Curtis Suttleone of the world’s foremost experts on viruses and their role in the environment, is quoted in this article. He explains the crucial role viruses play in the earthly ecosystem.

As a Wall Scholar, Suttle is exploring ideas on the role of viruses in shaping life on Earth, human existence and thought. You can watch a video about his work below.