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Dr. Denise M. Akob

Dr. Denise M. Akob

Research Microbiologist

Contact:

Email: dakob@usgs.gov
Phone: 703-648-5819

Education:

Ph.D. in Biogeochemical Oceanography, 2008
Department of Oceanography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Advisor: Dr. Joel E. Kostka

B.A. in Biology, 2002
St. Mary’s College of Maryland

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Research Interests:

I am a microbial ecologist whose research focuses on understanding how microorganisms impact their environment and biogeochemical cycles and in turn, how an environment impacts microorganisms. I investigate both contaminated and pristine environments. My focus is primarily on bioremediation and natural attenuation in lakes, soils, and terrestrial sediments; the microbial ecology of pristine aquifers caves, pitcher plants, and salt marshes; and the microbial contributions to energy production.

Darren Dunlap

Darren Dunlap

Microbiologist

Contact:

Email: ddunlap@usgs.gov
Phone: 703-648-5487

Education:

M.S. in Marine Science, 2012
University of South Florida, College of Marine Science
Major Professor: Dr. Mya Breitbart

B.S. in Microbiology, 2008
The University of Tennesee, Knoxville

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Research Interests:

My research focuses on understanding the community of microbes in natural environemnts, as well as their impacts on the environment and biogeochemical cycles. Major research interests include microbial community composition and bioremediation of aquatic systems, subsurface geomicrobiology, and microbial disease in natural environments. My work also includes understanding the microbial ecology in contaminated enviroments, and its impacts on human health.