faculty conduct research across a wide range of scales
using numerous methods and state-of-the-art facilities.
Molecular approaches are used to understand problems in
evolution, diversity, biodegradation, and animal-microbe
or plant-microbe interactions. Biochemical and physiological
approaches are used to understand and then predict specific
behaviors of microbes. Though such research may be conducted
on laboratory benchtops, it is often designed to address
both applied and basic problems in natural or industrial
faculty also explore microbial activities as they occur
in a variety of aquatic and terrestrial systems, including
forests, agroecosystems, groundwater systems (aquifers),
fresh and saltwater marshes, intertidal systems and
oceanic environments. Research in these systems is designed
to understand the dynamics of microbial contributions
to biogeochemical cycles at global scales, and to understand
the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances on microbes
in various ecosystems.
see individual faculty links for descriptions
of specific research
programs and opportunities for students.