Principal Investigator

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Eric Boyd

Associate Professor

Email: eboyd@montana.edu





Research Professors

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John Dore
Focus:
Geobiology

Email: jdore@montana.edu






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Dan Colman
Focus:
High temperature ecosystems

Email: drcolman1@gmail.com







Postdoctoral Scholars


Graduate Students

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Eric Dunham
Focus: Subglacial Microbial Communities

Email: ecdunham21@gmail.com






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Libby Fones
Focus: Serpentinite and Hydrothermal Hosted Ecosystems

Email: foneselizabeth@gmail.com






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Devon Payne
Focus: Iron Sulfur Cluster Biosynthesis in Methanogens

Email: devon.payne@student.montana.edu







Research Personnel

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Japhanna Burns
Focus: Nitrogen Fixation in Thermophiles

Email: japhannaburns@student.skc.edu







Undergraduates

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Rudi Lien
Focus: Dolomitization of carbonate minerals in hypersaline brines

Email: rudilien@yahoo.com






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Hannah Rieckers
Focus: Physiology and Biochemistry of Methanogens and Diazotrophic Bacteria

Email: hannah.rieckers@student.montana.edu







Alumni

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Matt Selensky (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Thermal microbial ecology


Current Position: Graduate Student at Northwestern University







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Maria Clara Fernandes-Martins (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Cultivation of Acidophilic Hydrogen Oxidizers


Current Position: Unknown







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Evan Bilbrey (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Mineral-supported hydrogenotrophs


Current Position: Research Intern at Flathead Lake Biological Station







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Rachel Johnston (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Ecosystem dynamics of Great Salt Lake


Current Position: Dogsled Guide at Turning Heads Kennel







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Anna Mounsey (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Microbial activities in serpentinized fluids


Current Position: Undergraduate at Montana State University







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Kirina Amada (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Subglacial geochemical cycling


Current Position: Unknown







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Maximiliano Amenabar (Ph.D., 2018)
Focus: Thermoacidophiles


Current Position: Senior research scientist at Biociencia Fundación Científica y Cultural, Chile







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Melody Lindsay (Ph.D., 2019)
Focus:
Molecular Microbiology and Extreme Environments


Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at Bigelow Laboratories







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Saroj Poudel (Ph.D., 2018)
Focus:
Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology


Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at Rutgers University







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Erik Anderson (M.S., 2017)
Focus: Soil Microbial Communities


Current Position: USDA Forest Service







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Matthew Urschel (Ph.D., 2016)
Focus: Pathways of Carbon Metabolism in Hot Spring Populations and Communities


Current Position: Postdoc at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute







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Jayme Feyhl-Buska (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Acclimitization of Archaeal Membranes to Energy Stress


Current Position: PhD student at University of Southern California







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Zoë Harrold (Postdoctoral Scholar)
Focus: Pyrite Oxidation in Subglacial Ecosystems


Current Position: Postdoc at UNLV







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Drew Dyson (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Extremophile molecular biology


Current Position: Unknown







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Jakob Sax (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Extremophile metabolisms


Current Position: Unknown







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Kaitlin Wilkins (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Hydrogen metabolizing thermophiles


Current Position: Unknown







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Ticha Padgett-Stewart (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Cultivation of subsurface organisms


Current Position: Unknown







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Ezgi Cetin (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Deep sea sediment microorganisms


Current Position: Unknown







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Annette Harnish (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Cultivation of novel thermophilic archaea


Current Position: Unknown








Honorary Field Assistants

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Blue
Focus: Peak Summiting and Ball Fetching

Current Position: Boyd Household






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Ida
Focus: Tail Wagging and Swimming

Current Position: Boyd Household






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Lilly
Focus: Sunbathing in Flower Gardens (when not sleeping in Eric's chair!)

Current Position: Boyd Household






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Rio
Focus: Quantitative Analysis of the Yellowstone Snowpack

Current Position: Colman Household






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Falco
Focus: Retrieval of Spherical Objects and Authentication of Game Trails

Current Position: Payne Household






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Denver
Focus: Being Awesome

Current Position: Payne Household






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Blue Berrymore
Focus: Scent Analyses of Atmospheric Compounds

Current Position: Payne Household