Thanks for checking out this little microbe blog


I’m a microbial ecologist and biogeochemist. That’s a mouthful! In a nutshell, I study how microorganisms make a living in strange environments while contributing to global cycles of carbon and nutrients. Microbes are nature’s unsung heroes, and I hope to show you some of the bizarre and wonderful ways these tiny creatures make a living. Thanks for checking out my blog- I’d love to hear your feedback!


3 thoughts on “Thanks for checking out this little microbe blog

  1. Allen I. Laskin, Ph.D.

    I just discovered your blog (referred to in “Small Things Considered”) and was greatly impressed by it–nice going! But as a grizzled old fogy, I wince whenever you use the plural “bacteria” when the singular “bacterium” is called for. (I also detected a “phyla” instead of “phylum”). Is it time for me to surrender, as I did for “data” a long time ago? I hope not!

    • Dear Allen,

      Thanks for your comment! I confess I have long struggled with “bacteria” vs “bacterium”- I’m not sure if this is a generational thing or what, but there seems to be little consensus in the literature I read about which one should be used as the singular. (Perhaps the problem is magnified by the fact that I read a lot of microbial ecology papers, in which the author is very rarely talking about “a single bacterium”!) But I am sure you are correct and I try to police myself better in the future 🙂


      • Allen I. Laskin, Ph.D.

        Dear Maddie:

        Thank you very much for your very prompt and thoughtful response. And keep going with your excellent blog!


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