Dr. Fierer works across multiple disciplines to develop new insights into the structure of microbial communities, the fundamental controls on microbial processes, and importance of microorganisms in regulating the health and productivity of plants, animals, and ecosystems. In particular, his lab group has focused on two basic questions: What factors regulate microbial diversity patterns?, and, How can we use information on microbial diversity to better understand their function in the environment? To address these questions, his lab group has conducted research on microorganisms living in a range of environments, including soil, the human body, leaf surfaces, buildings, and the atmosphere.
microbial ecology, microbial processes, effects of microbes on human health and the health of ecosystems
EBIO 3400 - Microbiology
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
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 5460 - Special Topics
Familiarizes students with specialized areas of biology. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 4460.
MCDB 6000 - Introduction to Laboratory Methods
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Introduces methodology and techniques used in biological research. Designed as a tutorial between a few students and one faculty member. Students are expected to read original research papers, discuss findings, and to plan and execute experiments in selected areas. Open only to MCDB graduate students. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.