extremophiles

Boyd, Eric

Assistant Research Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Montana State University - Bozeman

The distribution of microorganisms and the functions that they catalyze on Earth today is rooted, at least in part, to the numerous adaptations to occupy discrete ecological niches (e.g., multiplicity of environmental factors characterizing a microenvironment) that have played out over evolutionary time. Such responses are recorded in the extant distributional pattern of organisms, as well as the genetic record of those organisms.

Foreman, Christine

Associate Dean
CEnter for Biofilm Engineering
College of Engineering

Microorganisms have a profound impact on the composition of the biosphere and global biogeochemical cycles. Research in our group focuses on understanding how the environment controls the composition of microbial communities and how, in turn, those microbes regulate whole ecosystem processes such as nutrient and organic matter cycling. Ongoing research concerns carbon flux through bacterial communities, with the long-term goal of improving predictions of carbon fate (metabolism to CO2, sequestration into biomass, long term storage in ice) in the context of a changing environment.

Gerlach, Robin

Associate Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering/Center for Biofilm Engineering
Montana State University - Bozeman

Robin Gerlach is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in the College of Engineering at Montana State University-Bozeman (MSU).

Parker, Albert

Adjunct Instructor
Department of Mathematical Sciences/Center for Biofilm Engineering
Montana State University - Bozeman

My research interests include modeling complex biological systems such as biofilms in the environment and in the lab, Bayesian inverse problems, iterative sampling from high dimensional densities, bifurcation theory with symmetries, and annealing/clustering schemes. My appointment at MSU is split between research at the Center for Biofilm Engineering as a biostatistician, and teaching (about one course/semester) in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

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