TBI Seminar: Microbial community assembly in hot springs across spatial and temporal gradients
- Monday, February 10, 2020 from 3:10pm to 4:00pm
- Plant Biosciences Building, 108 - view map
Dr. Rebecca Mueller is an assistant research professor in MSU’s Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering and an affiliate faculty member of TBI and Center for Biofilm Engineering. Rebecca earned her PhD in biology from University of Oregon.
Biogeography is the study of the distribution of species and ecosystems across spatial and temporal gradients, and of the biotic and abiotic factors, mechanisms and processes that drive the patterns observed. The principles of biogeography have only recently been applied rigorously to the field of microbial ecology, and studies have focused primarily on mesic locales, such as soils, with fewer studies conducted on extreme environments. With its high number of thermal features, Yellowstone National Park offers a unique opportunity to examine the drivers of microbial assembly in extreme environments across environmental, spatial and temporal gradients; similarly, technological advances provide the means to expand our view from taxonomic to functional measures of microbial community diversity. Here, I will present findings on the drivers of community assembly and molecular mechanisms of co-existence across gradients of environmental stress in thermoalkaline hot springs.
If you would like to meet with Rebecca, email her at Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org