Geomicrobiology at the University of Southern
Edwards views Southern California as a Geobiology Mecca because
of the large numbers of diverse geobiology research groups at a
number of institutions. This is particularly well exemplified at
the University of Southern California itself, with the confluence
of near-time and deep-time cutting edge geobiology groups in Biology
and Earth and Planetary Sciences, with collaborations extending
to Engineering and Dentistry.
Our approaches are based on a fundamental tenet in geology:
The present is the key to the past. As such we focus on modern systems
with long geological histories, and aim to define specific roles
microbes play in processes such as rock and mineral transformations.
In the Edwards Lab, research focuses on the tooth decay of the
solid Earth - microbial processes that result in the transformation
of rocks, minerals and organic matter. Our emphasis, or primary
field sites lie in the deep-ocean where bare rock and minerals undergo
alterations at and below the ocean floor.
Come see what is new
in the Geomicrobiology Group!