We investigate the history of environments and life on Earth by looking at the activity of organisms and their mineral record. As the diverse metabolisms of microbial life alter the surrounding geochemistry, organisms are leaving enigmatic clues of their presence — but how can we identify and interpret the record of life and its impact on the environment?
In the Microbe-Mineral Lab at U-Michigan, we examine ancient sedimentary rocks and modern mineralizing microbes using multi-faceted approaches to probe the biogeochemical record of the Precambrian Earth.
Our lab group is committed to educating ourselves and being active anti-racists, trying our best to dismantle the institutionalized advantages given to white people in this country. As Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, “An America that looks away is ignoring not just the sins of the past but the sins of the present and the certain sins of the future.”