Our research primarily focuses on microorganisms and how they relate to the chemical composition of geological environments in field and laboratory studies. Microorganisms drive many of the chemical reactions that occur in nature, causing significant impacts to the chemical and physical properties of their environments. This area of research provides exciting opportunities for geoscientists to help solve problems of broad interest, including questions related to energy, climate, and water quality. It also provides students with valuable interdisciplinary training.
For recent news and events, check out the K-State Department of Geology website and also Matthew Kirk's twitter account.
Interested in joining us?
Postdocs and students who are interested in joining our research group should contact Matthew Kirk to discuss qualifications and research interests.
Geology students can apply to do graduate research in our group at the MS level. Application instructions are provided here on the Geology Department website. Please contact Matthew Kirk before applying, however, to discuss potential projects and funding.
We feel very strongly that it is important for undergraduate students to get involved in research. The experiences gained can provide a huge boost to academic and professional development. When funding is available, undergraduate students may also be compensated to some extent for their time and effort. A list of some of the funding opportunities available through the K-State College of Arts and Sciences is available here.
What can research in geomicrobiology do for you? Quite a lot! Our research is interdisciplinary. It emphasizes integration of concepts from geochemistry, microbiology, and hydrogeology. Interdisciplinary approaches are advantageous because they can allow us to paint a more complete picture than is possible within one discipline. The world is interdisciplinary! At the same time, interdisciplinary research also provides excellent training for students. By learning about broad areas of science, students can make more informed career decisions and gain greater freedom in choosing their career path.