UCMP Short Course: Microbes from Earth's deep biosphere.

Seminar | February 24 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Lisa D. White, UC Museum of Paleontology

 Museum of Paleontology

From the surface of the Earth to the deep ocean, bacteria and their extremophile relatives drive fundamental chemical reactions that transform the planet and sustain life. The biologists, geologist, chemists, and environmental scientists in the emerging field of geomicrobiology - the study of how microorganisms interact with earth materials and the environment — are revealing new information about the genetics and fascinating chemical processes of the microbes that inhabit Earth’s soil, rocks, water, and atmosphere. These investigations of modern life — for example at hydrothermal vents and shallow hotsprings - provide a window into Earth's history, helping us understand the remains of ancient bacteria in stromatolites and other rocks. In the process, they provide clues to how life originated, evolved, and transformed our own and perhaps other planets. These investigations also point to new ways that bacteria can be used to decontaminate polluted environments. Please join us to explore these connections revealed by the latest research at the intersection of microbiology and geology.

 $30 $30 general, $25 teachers, $15 students

 http://ucmp.berkeley.edu/about/shortcourses/reginfo18.php. Registration opens January 1. Register online or by calling Chris Mejia at 510-642-1821, or by emailing Chris Mejia at cmejia@berkeley.edu by February 24

 ldwhite@berkeley.edu, 510-642-1821