New Findings Regarding Metabolism, Ecology and Microbial Diversity in the Earth's Subsurface Regions
Jill Banfield, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Banfield's research expertise was initially in physical and chemical properties and behavior of natural materials, but she transitioned into biology to address the ways that microbial communities shape earth surface processes. In the early 2000’s her group and collaborators pioneered genome-resolved metagenomics and metaproteomics methods that now yield cultivation-independent insights into the vast diversity of microorganisms in natural systems. These approaches can now be scaled to generate a relatively comprehensive foundation for ecological studies of complex environments such as soils and sediments. Banfield holds appointments in three departments at UC Berkeley, is the lead investigator for the newly established Innovative Genomics Institute and is a senior faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, The Australian Academy of Science and was a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Fellowship.
Video conferenced to DUML: location TBA.
Light refreshments at 3:30 p.m.
Co-sponsors are Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, Department of Biology, and University Program in Ecology.