Hyporheic Microbial Biofilms as Indicators of Heavy and Rare Earth Metals in the Clark Fork Basin, Montana

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What if we could perform microbiology experiments down-well, or analyze DNA in near real-time to detect first waves of invasive species in our national waters? Analyzing microbiology and performing DNA investigations in the field could provide results that are more relevant to what is actually happening in nature. Elliott's talk will highlight a new down-well sampling technology that has provided insight into processes occurring in subsurface coal beds, as well as near real-time DNA analysis technology that could be implemented at USGS stream gauges for rapid detection of aquatic species of concern.

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Dr. Elliott Barnhart is a research hydrologist at the USGS and assistant research professor at the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University.