Reston Microbiology Lab


  • Acetylenotrophic bacteria in liquid media.

    New Acetylenotrophic Bacterial Strains
    Two acetylenotrophic strains were recently isolated from California soils and are being cultivated on complex media for genomic sequencing. Photo credit: Peter Bouwma, USGS

  • RML intern, Charlie Quinn, using epifluorescence microscopy to count bacterial cells.

    Microscopy
    RML intern, Charlie Quinn, using epifluorescence microscopy to count bacterial cells, Photo credit: Tadd Alexander, USGS

  • RML intern, John Swiecichowski, monitoring geochemical changes in flow-thru microcosms.

    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).

    Icy Sampling
    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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • USGS scientists sampling arid soils effected by an oil and gas wastewater spill in the Permian Basin.

    Sampling to Assess Ponential Impacts of Oil and Gas Wastewater Releases
    USGS scientists sampling arid soils effected by an oil and gas wastewater spill in the Permian Basin. Photo Credit: Terry Gregston, BLM.

The Reston Microbiology Laboratory (RML) is a research laboratory in the USGS 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 understand microbial impacts on contaminant mitigation, water quality and availability, environmental health, energy production, and carbon cycling.


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Contact Info

Dr. Denise M. Akob
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Mail Stop 430
Reston, VA 20192
Phone: 703-648-5819
dakob@usgs.gov

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