Prof. Swarup’s team studies the ecology of highly complex microbial communities in the environment and agriculture from genes to ecosystems level scales. Their focus is to determine the mechanistic basis of ecosystem functioning for urban surface water systems, peat lands and urban farming systems. Prof Swarup’s team takes a multidisciplinary approach by incorporating hydrology, robotics and AI, meta-genomics and transcriptomics, metabolomics and computational to study these interesting biological systems. Prof. Swarup has made significant contributions in the fields of metabolomics and integrative ‘omics, which he now combines with microbial ecology contexts. Their findings have influenced management and policy practices. Prof Swarup has more than 110 publications in the fields of environmental and water sciences, plant biology, microbiology including microbiomes and integrative systems biology. His research has been featured in leading journals like Nature Genetics, Nature Chemical Biology, Cell, Plant Physiology, mBio, mSystems, Frontiers in Microbiology, Environmental Science and Technology, Water Research, Biogeosciences among others. He currently leads three major research programs in urban freshwater systems, peatlands and urban farming that are supported by national grants of nearly US$8 million.