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






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Rachel Spietz
Focus: Iron sulfur acquisition and trafficking in primitive Archaea

Email: rachel.spietz@montana.edu







Postdoctoral Scholars

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Nathaniel Losey
Focus: Mineral microbe interactions in methanogenic Archaea

Email: nathaniel.losey@montana.edu







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






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Maria Clara Fernandes-Martins
Focus: Co-evolution of thermoacidophiles and their acidic habitats

Email: marie27fm@gmail.com






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Lisa Keller
Focus: Tectonic influences on hot spring biodiversity

Email: lkeller02@gmail.com






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Mason Munro-Ehrlich
Focus: Distribution and diversity of microbial life in early Earth ophiolite analogs

Email: mason.munro.ehrlich@gmail.com






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Alexis England
Focus: Iron sulfur protein function and evolution

Email: alexismengland@gmail.com







Research Personnel


Undergraduates

Hannah Mavis
Focus: Methanogens and minerals

Email: hannah.mavis@gmail.com







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






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Lolo
Focus: Predator-Prey Dynamics in High-Alpine Ecosystems

Current Position: Spietz Household






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Sophie
Focus: Independent study focused on frolicking

Current Position: Spietz Household






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Luna
Focus: Chief of Security of the Surrounding Environment

Current Position: Fernandes-Martins Household






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Astro
Focus: Intergalatic Explorer in Training

Current Position: Fernandes-Martins Household






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Pepper
Focus: Toy Durability Testing

Current Position: Keller Household







Alumni

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Japhanna Burns (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Nitrogen Fixation in Thermophiles

Current Position:
Intern at the University of Montana








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Rudi Lien (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Dolomite formation in hypersaline brines


Current Position:
Undergraduate student at Montana State University







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Matt Selensky (Undergraduate Scholar)
Focus: Thermal microbial ecology


Current Position:
Graduate Student at Northwestern University







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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