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.
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.
January 2023: Congratulations to Emma Kelsick for her acceptance to transition to the Ph.D. Ecology program at Odum School of Ecology!
May 2022: Welcome to Kenzie Cromer who just graduated from USC-Aiken and is joining our lab group as a research assistant
April 2022: Congratulations to Emma Kelsick and Viviana Bravo for their SFS Board travel awards to attend the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting this May
Congratulations to Viviana Bravo and Fabiola López Ávila for being selected as
SFS Emerge Fellows
August 2021: Welcome incoming graduate students Viviana Bravo Ortiz and Fabiola López Ávila to SREL, Odum School of Ecology, and UGA! Both Fabiola and Viviana are in the M.S. in Conservation Ecology & Sustainable Development program and are co-advised by Dr. Krista Capps.Viviana will be studying macroinvertebrate bioindicators and Fabiola will be exploring freshwater ecosystem responses to microplastics.
June 2021: Congratulations to Emma and Fabiola on receiving a Master's Fellow Award from the UGA Graduate School! Well deserved!