Biological Sciences

Emily Fleming Nuester

Associate Professor

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Teaching

  • General Microbiology (BIOL 371)
  • Bacterial Physiology (BIOL 412 )
  • Microbial Genetics (BIOL 472)

Research Interests:

  • Microbial community structure and physiology at gas-gas interfaces
  • Microbial physiology and genetics of filamentous, tube-forming bacteria
  • Interplay between metal cycling bacteria and mercury transformations in marine environments.

Research projects:

My research interests are generally summarized by an interest in physiology of lithotrophic bacteria and their impact on the environment. There are three main projects in my lab. First, we work to understand the mechanisms how metal-oxidizing bacteria synthesize and excrete the precursors for extracellular structures that form long tubes that can be template with metal.  Second, we are looking at the ecological composition of microbial communities living on a solid surface obtaining all of their nutrients from a CO2/ H2S:O2 gas-gas interface. Third, we are looking in California’s mercury-contaminated, iron-rich estuarine sediments to determine the links between metal cycling bacteria and processes that increase the availability of mercury in the environment.
Portrait of Emily Fleming Nuester