Welcome to our new graduate student Harp Batther who is going to work on methanogens jointly with the Templeton lab, and research affiliate Caj Neubauer who will expand his work on soft-ionization stable isotope geochemistry in collaboration with our Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Lab. It’s wonderful to have you both on the team and looking forward to the science ahead.
The NSF CAREER proposal on branched GDGT biomarkers has been funded! Branched GDGTs are an intriguing class of lipid biomarkers that are frequently used in paleoclimate studies yet we still know strikingly little about their origins and biological function. In addition to the laboratory research on branched GDGTs, this project will create a new Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) class on Experimental Geomicrobial Diversity (coming Fall 2021) to involve undergraduate students in our research on branched GDGTs together with close collaborator Lynne Albert at Red Rocks Community College.
Just announced: the 4th annual Rocky Mountain Geobiology Symposium will be taking place on April 11 2020 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Mark your calendars for this great opportunity to meet all kinds of bio & geo enthusiasts and hear about the research done across the Rocky Mountain states. Abstract submission deadline is February 29.
Welcome to our new undergraduate research assistants Joely Depoy and Alec Elder who joined us in the spring and summer respectively and are back in the lab working on culturing exciting new soil microbes, new graduate student Toby Halamka who is tackling soil lipid biomarkers, postdoc Jamie McFarlin working closely with collaborators in CU’s Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) on arctic paleoclimate, and postdoc Emma Bertran working on a joint project on nitrogen biochemistry with the Zhang lab at the Princeton Environmental Institute. Excited to have you all and looking forward to the fun science ahead.