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- n. The study of the role of microbes and microbial processes in the field of geology and geochemistry
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Physics, astronomy, meteorology, organic chemistry, spectrometry, the relatively new field of geomicrobiology—they all provide important tools in the forensics of extraterrestrial life.
Dr Edwards' work is primarily focused on geomicrobiology and microbal life; the study of how, and what type, of life survives and thrives in sediments and rocks at the bottom of the ocean.
David Valentine (an assistant professor of marine sediment geochemistry, biogeochemistry and geomicrobiology at the University of California, Santa Barbara) and the rest of his colleagues are hoping to come away with a rough estimate of the spill's size by the time his team returns home on June 20, followed by more accurate estimates as they complete their analysis of the information collected.
One of the grand challenges of geomicrobiology is to understand the electron transfer processes driving the reductive transformations at the microbe-mineral interface.
Today's video: Charles Cockell from Open University talks about polar geomicrobiology at Trinity Lake on Devon Island below
Ph. D. student / Deep subsurface geomicrobiology: Espoo, Finland Espoo, Finland