Deciphering the mineral clues to ancient life

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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.

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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.”

Lab News

Hello and Goodbye

We’ve welcomed several new undergrads into our lab over the past few months, also said goodbye to Drake and Chrissie. After completing her MS, Chrissie is beginning a new job in California and Drake has begun a MS in South […]

MML Pumpkin Carving!

The Microbe Mineral lab reunited in person and masked-up for pumpkin carving on Saturday, Oct 24. It was great to get together again and welcome our newest lab member, Trinity Pryor, into our research group! Happy Halloween everyone!

Apart but together

In these stressful and uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to support each other. To facilitate this group support and community in the Microbe-Mineral Lab, we’ve been having weekly happy hours online and have started an online paper discussion […]

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