What is Microbial Modus?

Micro•bi•al \mī-‘krō-bē-әl\ adj.  1: of, involving, caused by, or regarding microorganisms;  2: by means of or in relation to microorganisms.

Mo•dus \’mō-dәs\ n.  1: method, procedure, or process for achieving an end; 2: orderly arrangement. Syn: mode, manner, way, fashion, system.


In a nutshell, what I do by way of this blog is share my appreciation for the infinite complexity of the microbial world and the huge potential for addressing environmental problems with microbial resources – using microbial methods.

But who am I?

I am a soil microbiologist, and quite recently a new mother (twice in three years). In my spare time (ha!), I pursue “fun” science writing for my [sanity], friends and family, and the other 3-ish people that have so kindly subscribed to my little blog here.

In case you might be wondering, my own research to date has focused on heavy metal biogeochemistry, understanding the role of microbial communities in nutrient cycling, and utilizing soil microorganisms in clean-up efforts (i.e. bioremediation).  But my interests and education are much further reaching, as are the topics I chose to cover here.

So sit back, enjoy some intellectual stimulation and the occasional nerdy, science-humor, make a comment or ask a question, and (here comes the cheese) explore this microbial world with me.


6 Responses to “What is Microbial Modus?”

  1. Robert November 15, 2009 at 12:49 pm #

    Nice site.

  2. Technocrat November 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    Look forward to reading…going on my RSS reader now.

  3. Dr. Chris August 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    I just found your blog! Awesome stuff!

  4. Francine September 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    I am in the infancy of my graduate training in Microbiology and am excited to have tumbled on to this site. Your writing styles reflects such enthusiasm and clearly explains the complex topics with ease. The blog on siderophores and the great plate anomaly is what directed me to your site. Thanks again!

    • Microbial Modus September 15, 2010 at 9:12 am #

      Really glad you enjoy it! Hope I can be as informative as I am entertaining. Best of luck with your studies!

  5. Dr. Aida Jimenez February 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    This is too cool! I look forward to reading it…

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