CBE Seminar Series Presents Dr. Karen Lloyd
- Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 4:10pm to 5:00pm
- Roberts Hall, 301 - view map
Dr. Karen Lloyd is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She will be presenting “Determining the Environmental Functions of Phylogenetically Divergent Uncultured Microbes,” at this week's CBE seminar.
Dr. Lloyd's research integrates geomicrobiology, molecular biology, and geochemistry to determine how microorganisms influence marine geochemical cycles. Her goal is to link uncultivated microorganisms to their geochemical functions and explore how these communities react to changing environmental conditions. Subseafloor ecosystems contain much of Earth's prokaryotic biomass, but their geochemical effects are largely untested.
Dr. Lloyd’s laboratory focuses on the following questions: What are the carbon sources and electron acceptors/donors for uncultured microbial groups? Do these organisms use previously undocumented or recalcitrant energy and carbon sources? Are these organisms living at life's energetic limits? Dr. Lloyd uses single-cell technologies to link an organism's function with its genetic identity without having to grow it in pure culture. The focus is on organic carbon degradation, production or consumption of greenhouse gases, metal cycling, and novel microbial energy sources. And study sites include deep-sea hydrocarbon seeps and hydrothermal vents, as well as nearshore sites.
If you would like to meet with Dr. Lloyd, please contact Luke McKay at email@example.com