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Current Research Highlights

Dr. Angela Kent's interests include wetland restoration, biofuels and aquatic microbial food webs. One of her many research projects uses molecular microbial ecology methods to examine the microbial communities in the Chattooga River and its tributaries, and explores the impact of water quality issues on the health and behavior of recreation workers. Check it out at:

Dr. Liane Cochran-Stafira
and her undergraduate students are currently investigating the role of bacterial species in community food web dynamics. Their model system is the community of insect larvae and microbes found in the leaves of the carnivorous pitcher plant Sarracenia purpurea. She is interested in integrating bacteria into ecological systems at the species level. Check it out at

Dr. Brendan Bohannan's research is focused on the causes and consequences of microbial biodiversity. Recent work includes studies of the spatial scaling of bacterial biodiversity, the response of bacterial and archaeal communities to environmental change, and the role of spatial structure in the generation and maintenance of bacterial and viral diversity.

Brendan is especially interested in promoting the integration of microbial ecology into the general science of ecology. Check it out at: 

Liane Cochran-Stafira, Ph.D. | phone (773) 298.3514 | email: