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Microbial Ecology course adds to Wikipedia

Dr. Swanner’s Microbial Ecology course (MICRO/BIOL/GEOL 487/587) drafted Wikipedia articles as part of a Wiki Education assignment. Topics were environmentally-significant microbial species. Below are some links to a few of the articles: Read about the genus Afifella, anaerobic bacteria living in shallow marine and estuarine environments. Strains of Acidithrix ferrooxidans  oxidize Fe(II) in acidic waters, … Continue reading Microbial Ecology course adds to Wikipedia

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Swanner is part of an Interdisciplinary Consortium on Astrobiology Research

Elizabeth Swanner is part of a multi-institution award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to form an Interdisciplinary Consortium on Astrobiology Research (ICAR). The project is lead by Dr. Betül Kacar from the University of Arizona. The project,” Metal Utilization and Selection Across Eons”, or MUSE, and will explore life’s selection of elements … Continue reading Swanner is part of an Interdisciplinary Consortium on Astrobiology Research

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Gabbie and Jazlyn win student presenter awards at North Central Geological Society of America meeting

Recent alum Gabbie Ledesma (Geology ’20) won the BEST Undergraduate oral presentation at the virtual North Central sectional meeting of the Geological Society of America. You can watch Gabbie’s presentation video entitled “Can Terrestrial Manganese-rich Samples Help Distinguish Manganese-enrichments in Gale Crater Mars?”, at this link. Rising junior Jazlyn Beeck (Geology and Environmental Sciences ’22) … Continue reading Gabbie and Jazlyn win student presenter awards at North Central Geological Society of America meeting

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Gabbie gives amazing virtual conference presentation

Recent alum Gabbie Ledesma (Geology ’20) presented her undergraduate research at the virtual North Central sectional meeting of the Geological Society of America. Gabbie’s presentation, entitled “Can Terrestrial Manganese-rich Samples Help Distinguish Manganese-enrichments in Gale Crater Mars?”, is the culmination of research conducted with her advisor, Dr. Betsy Swanner, and collaborators at the Los Alamos … Continue reading Gabbie gives amazing virtual conference presentation

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Brownie Lake on Wikipedia !

Collaborators on our work on Brownie Lake helped to draft a Wikipedia entry for Brownie Lake, which has now been approved! Take a moment to read about this fascinating little lake.

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Gabbie Ledesma awarded an Iowa Space Grant Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Gabbie Ledesma (’20), a geology major, has been awarded an Iowa Space Grant Consortium undergraduate research fellowship for 2019-2020. This will provide her will a stipend to do independent research with Dr. Elizabeth Swanner. She will continue her investigations of Manganese enrichments in lake sediments in order to better understand Manganese enrichments in the former … Continue reading Gabbie Ledesma awarded an Iowa Space Grant Undergraduate Research Fellowship

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Nick Lambrecht defends his dissertation

Nick Lambrecht successfully defended his PhD! He is the first graduate student to graduate from the Geochemistry & Geobiology laboratory. His research investigated two meromictic ferruginous lakes in the Midwest, U.S.A. Specifically, he documented their potential as biogeochemical analogues to Precambrian ferruginous oceans, and the microbial iron and methane cycles within them. Nick’s PhD is … Continue reading Nick Lambrecht defends his dissertation

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Tania Leung receives Iowa Water Center grant

Tania Leung has been awarded a graduate student award from the Iowa Water Center. Read more about Tania’s project: Leung Selected as a Recipient for the Iowa Water Center’s Institute Research Grant Competition