Environmental Molecular Microbiology

Ecology Department scientists have applied diverse expertise to studies of the metabolic functioning of bacteria and archaea that mediate processes of environmental relevance, such as (a) aquifer bioremediation of metals and organic contaminants and (b) biogeochemical cycling of carbon and other elements. Department scientists have the expertise to perform field and laboratory studies of complex microbial communities to determine the molecular basis of major biogeochemical processes. We have particular expertise in soil microbiology, the human microbiome, and anaerobic bacterial physicology and metabolism. Ecology Department personnel are involved in several national and international initiatives to sequence system metagenomes, including the international Terragenome consortium, the human microbiome, and the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment Arctic community sequencing effort.