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Schmidt, Steve Professor

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  • Steven K. Schmidt is a professor of microbial ecology with a special interest in life in high elevation ecosystems throughout the world. His lab studies how global change, especially global warming, is impacting high-altitude and high-latitude ecosystems. Projects examining glacial retreat (and other disturbances such as forest fires and herbicide applications) are ongoing in Colorado, Peru, Antarctica, Nepal, Chile, Brazil, and Svalbard in the high Arctic.

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  • extremophiles, high-mountain ecology, microbial ecology, environmental microbiology, Astrobiology, global change science

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Teaching

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  • EBIO 3400 - Microbiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Surveys distinguishing characteristics of microorganisms based on structural-functional relationships, taxonomy, growth and physical-chemical agents of control including antibiotics, metabolism and genetics. Introduces applied microbiology emphasizing infectious diseases, basic concepts of immunology and microbial ecology. Uses animals and/or animal tissues. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 (minimum grade C-).
  • EBIO 4800 - Critical Thinking in Biology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Lect. and discussion. Explores controversial issues, historical themes, or emerging developments in biology. Consult the EBIO Undergraduate Advising Center for current listings. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: minimum of 14 hours of EBIO course work. Same as EBIO 5800.
  • EBIO 4870 - Independent Research: Upper Division
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • EBIO 5800 - Critical Thinking in Biology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Lect. and discussion. Explores controversial issues, historical themes, or emerging developments in biology. Consult the EBIO Undergraduate Advising Center for current listings. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: minimum of 14 hours of EBIO course work. Same as EBIO 4800.
  • EBIO 6000 - Seminar: Introduction to Biological Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Discusses areas of biological research represented in EBIO. Required of all first-year graduate students in EBIO.
  • EBIO 6100 - Seminar in Environmental Biology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2021
    Instructor consent required. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 6120.
  • EBIO 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.
  • EBIO 8840 - Independent Research (Doctoral Level)
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

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