TAMPA, FL - Mya Breitbart is a Professor of Biological Oceanography in the USF College of Marine Science, and a pioneering scientist in the field of viral metagenomics. She leads this rapidly growing field, publishing novel viral genomes from diverse hosts and environments. Her efforts have changed the way we view viruses and their impacts on our world, laying the groundwork for a whole new body of knowledge. She is recognized by colleagues as one of the top five microbial ecologists at her career level in the world. Breitbart's recent work has demonstrated the widespread occurrence of single-stranded DNA viruses in multiple ecosystems and diverse invertebrate hosts, leading her to develop novel methods for viral classification and produce a field guide of genomic characteristics for this previously overlooked viral group.