- Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- Dick Lab
- University of Michigan
2014 / 2534 CC Little Building
1100 North University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1005
- Phone: (734) 763-3228
- Fax: (734) 763-4690
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GEOSCI 112: Life in Extreme Enivronments (1 credit minicourse)
Life inhabits nearly every enivornment on Earth, from boiling hot springs to the bottom of the ocean to freezing subglacial lakes. This course surveys the bizarre life forms that call these environments home, explores adaptations to extreme physical and chemical conditions, and highlights biotechnological resources from extreme life.
GEOSCI/ENVIRON 175: The Microbial World (4 credits)
This course examines how microorganisms shape the world around us, both throughout the Earth's history and today. Major topics include the origin and evolution of life, the interplay between microbes and the enivornment, roles of microbes in global warming, and applications of microbiology in biotechnology and energy. Intended for non-science majors. Offered every winter.
GEOSCI 313: Geobiology (3 credits)
This course will address several core geobiological themes in two very different worlds, the microbial world and the vertebrate world. Themes included the coevolution of the biosphere and geosphere, major evolutionary innovations and events, diversity of life and metabolism, biomechanics, and biogeography.
GEOSCI 513: Microbial Biogeochemistry (2 credits)
This course investigates how and why microorganisms (primarily bacteria and archaea) drive geochemical processes. Emphasis is placed on the integration of cellular physiology/metabolism with cycling and transformation of elements. Topics include biomineralization, mineral dissolution and weathering, and critical evaluation of molecular biogeochemical approaches.