Peter R. Girguis
Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Faculty Support: Stephanie Hillsgrove
We study the physiology and biochemistry of deep sea microorganisms, with an emphasis on carbon and nitrogen metabolism, to better understand their role in mediating local and global biogeochemical cycles. We also study the physiological relationships (such as nutrient exchange and immune responses) between microbes and animals in natural systems. To that end, we apply traditional or modern geochemical and molecular technologies -and develop new technologies- to interrogate physiological and biochemical processes in natural systems or laboratory simulations.
Recent Publications. 2015. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering. 38 :1325-1333. . 2015. Bioresource Technology. 190 :367-372. . 2015. Geobiology.
Liao L, Wankel SD, Wu M, Cavanaugh CM, Girguis PR. 2014. Characterizing the plasticity of nitrogen metabolism by the host and symbionts of the hydrothermal vent chemoautotrophic symbioses Ridgeia piscesae. Molecular Ecology. 23 :1544-1557
OEB 119 Deep Sea Biology
OEB 191 Physiological and Biochemical Adaptation
OEB 194 Laboratory Techniques in Ecological Physiology
OEB 364 Ecological Physiology of Microbes
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