How do microbial communities control the flow of energy and matter through ecosystems?
The Bier Lab works on this question by combining microbial ecology and biogeochemistry research. We study the microbial role in terrestrial-aquatic connections, aquatic and wetland ecosystem function, and the effects of disturbance on microbial community processes and composition.
We are located at Savannah River Ecology Laboratory which is a research unit of the University of Georgia and is located near Aiken, SC, USA.
August 2023: Welcome Marilee Hoyle to the lab! Marilee will be investigating microbial life history strategies in metal contaminated constructed wetlands.
July 2023: Congrats to Emma Kelsick for travel awards to attend the Gordon Research Conference Applied and Environmental Microbiology!
May 2023: Fabiola López Ávila received a John Spencer Small Grant to support her research. Kudos! And welcome to Destiny Willard who will work with us this summer on constructed wetlands and streams!
April 2023: Congratulations to Viviana Bravo for receiving the Odum School Graduate Diversity Award in Ecology!
February 2023: Good news for the month: Viviana Bravo was awarded best talk in her session at the Odum School graduate student symposium. Fabiola López Ávila received a UGA CAIS research assistantship to work in the Stable Isotope Ecology Lab.