Nikos Kyrpides, head of the Prokaryote Super Program at the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) and a senior scientist in the Biosciences Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology (EGSB) division, was selected as the 2018 USFCC/J. Roger Porter Award recipient by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). He will be honored at the 2018 ASM Microbe Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. The award recognizes outstanding effort by a scientist in demonstrating the importance of microbial biodiversity through sustained curation or stewardship of a major resource used by the scientific community. For more than a decade, Kyrpides and his colleagues have been working toward the goal of developing a comprehensive catalog of reference genomes for every bacterial and archaeal species. Read more from JGI.