Welcome to the world of microorganisms!

CapeShores_20150417_155643Microbes are important drivers of geochemical transformations in the environment, but because their role is complex it remains poorly understood. As a geomicrobiologist, I conduct interdisciplinary studies that put microbial processes into geochemical and hydrological context in an effort to understand the microbial role in water treatment, contaminant mobility, and biogeochemical cycling in the environment.  My research combines microbial genomics (using cutting-edge molecular methods and -omics-based techniques), laboratory studies with environmental isolates, extensive geochemical analyses, and field investigations to answer important questions about how microorganisms function in the environment and how we can apply this information to large-scale processes.