Environmental Dynamics in Geobiochemical Engineering: From Supervolcanoes to Silver Bow Creek

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Water, rock, and organic material interact in environmental systems. The study of geobiochemistry deciphers how microbial life and Earth's chemistry have co-evolved and helped determine methods to remediate our ground and surface waters. In this lecture, Dr. Cox will discuss the geochemistry and its implications for microbial life from locations including Yellowstone National Park, the flooded mines in Butte, and Silver Bow and Blacktail Creeks as investigated by the Laboratory Exploring Geobiochemical Engineering and Dynamics (LEGEND) at Montana Tech.

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Dr. Alysia Cox recieved her B.S. summa cum laude in Geological Sciences with minors in Biology and German from the Barrett Honors Society at Arizona State University. She earned her PhD in Chemical Oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 2011. After postdoctoral work at ASU and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). Dr, Cox started the Laboratory Exploring Geobiochemical Engineering and Natural Dynamics (LEGEND) at Tech. Her research combines geochemistry with biochemistry to determine active mechanisms of chemical reactions with a wide application to the environment. Her integration of proteomic techniques and geochemical context in environmental samples determines what is actively happening in the environment at a give time and place under the set of conditions present, as well as providing a framework for how life as evolved in coordination with Earth in the past.