Karen Llyod, associate professor in the UT Department of Microbiology, will present “Chasing the Mysterious Microbes that Live Deep in Earth’s Crust,” Friday, April 8 at 12 p.m. via Zoom.
Microbes exist in every environment and often come from deep evolutionary branches of life. From Arctic fjords to Costa Rica subduction zones, Professor Lloyd studies microbes across the globe. In the Arctic fjords, Lloyd and her student research assistants examine the effects of climate change in the polar regions by studying microbes and marine sediments at the foot of receding glaciers. By studying these layers, Lloyd and her students are able to get a snapshot of the earth across climatic changes, which informs what the future of the planet might look like in a warming climate. In her presentation, Professor Lloyd will share her research uncovering the mysteries of these deep-sea microbes that are changing how she and other scientists understand life on earth.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.