Living at the Edge: Microbes in Extreme Habitats

Course Number 
FRSH 1010
Course Level 

A "first year seminar." Microorganisms inhabit every imaginable niche on the Earth, including a large variety of what humans consider "Extreme Habitats." In this seminar, we will discuss the different extreme habitats found on Earth and what we know about the microbes who live there. The habitats to be described include deep ocean hydrothermal vents and cold seeps, salt lakes in the Antarctic, polar ice, terrestrial hot springs and mud volcanoes, and the deep subsurface biosphere.
Offered: TBA