Iron Reducing Bacteria
FeRB isolated using a roll bottle technique from the former Uranium Mine near Ronneburg, Germany, Photo credit: Denise Akob, USGS
RML intern, Charlie Quinn, using epifluorescence microscopy to count bacterial cells, Photo credit: Tadd Alexander, USGS
The Herrenberg Cave
The genesis and growth of cave formations like these stalactites may be influenced by microbes
Science in the Dark
RML intern, John Swiecichowski, monitoring geochemical changes in flow-thru microcosms during a power outage. Photo credit: Tadd Alexander, USGS.
RML scientist, Adam Mumford, working under ice to obtain grab samples of a stream in North Dakota to assess impacts of a brine spill from unconventional oil and gas activities (UOG). UOG spills often have very high concentrations of salts, metals, naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORMs), and organic compounds. Photo Credit: Adam Benthem, USGS.
Sampling for Impacts of UOG Wastes
USGS scientist collecting water-quality samples on a wastewater disposal facility in West Virginia to assess potential environmental impacts due to activities at the site. Photo Credit: Kalla Leigh Fleger, USGS.
The Reston Microbiology Laboratory (RML) is a research and fee-for-service laboratory located in the USGS National Research Program of the Water Mission Area. The lab conducts research in the fields of microbial ecology, geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry, and the hydrologic sciences. The goals of our research are to 1) understand interactions between microbes and their environment; and 2) link environmental microbial community structure (e.g., phylogeny and identity) with microbial function (e.g., metabolism and mineral interactions). Current areas of research include: unconventional oil and gas (UOG) development, carbon cycling, coal bed methane, crude oil and chlorinated solvent bioremediation, and amphibian disease.