Frontiers in Aquatic Microbial Ecology

Ed Hall

Description:Interest in and understanding of microbial ecology is rapidly advancing in environmental sciences. As new technologies and advances in computing powers increase our ability to learn more about the unseen majority, information on environmental microorganisms is accumulating at an unprecedented rate. Microbial ecology, once a field with abundant conceptual frameworks and little data, has been turned on its head. Today we have an exceptional amount of data on genes, proteins, and metabolic products of environmental microorganisms but fewer functional conceptual models within which to organize these data and advance our understanding. In this course we will discuss the most recent and exciting articles in aquatic microbiology in an attempt to identify and address how environmental microbiology is being used in aquatic and ecosystem ecology today. Participants will be responsible to identify recent papers of interest and lead discussions on the paper and associated concepts. Participants will also be encouraged to formalize some of the course discussion by synthesizing the topics discussed under the umbrella of an existing or newly formed conceptual framework.

Section: 2
Credits: 1
Restrictions:
First Meeting: 1/20/2016
Meeting Times: weekly - day tbd
Classroom: NESB B224
CRN: 10363
Cross Listed: ESS, GDPE, MIB, A/Z
Enrollment Limit: 16
Background: microbiology, ecology, chemistry, limnology, poetry, art
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Instructor Contact Info:
      Ed Hall ed.hall@colostate.edu 970-491-2162