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.
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