I entered the Swanner Lab in the spring of 2016 and my research focuses on microbial communities and methane dynamics in two early Earth analogs.
Ferruginous (anoxic, iron-rich) conditions are thought to have dominated early Earth oceans during the Archean. During this period, life on Earth was microbial and microbes played an important role in the early Fe and C cycles. My current research focuses are photoferrotrophs (anoxygenic Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria) and other microbial communities (i.e. methanotrophs/methanogens) in early Earth analog systems. My field sites include Brownie Lake in Minneapolis, MN and Canyon Lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
Geological Society of America (GSA)
Microbiology Graduate Student Organization (MGSO), ISU