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IRES: Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Microbiology and Biogeosciences of Siberian Deep Subsurface Permafrost

The Center for Environmental Biotechnology hosts the International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program funded by the National Science Foundation, Office of International Science and Engineering. This project, entitled “IRES: Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Microbiology and Biogeosciences of Siberian Deep Subsurface Permafrost”, is under the direction of Drs. Tatiana Vishnivetskaya and Karen Lloyd. This project offers four U.S. undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research on unique 5 thousand to 3 million year old permafrost sediment samples in the Soil Cryology Laboratory (http://cryosol.ru/en/) at the Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems of Soil Sciences under supervision of Russian and U.S. mentors. The project is funded for three consecutive summers, so four new students will be chosen each summer for 2016, 2017, and 2018. The microbial diversity of permafrost samples will be uncovered using classical microbiological and high-throughput molecular techniques. The permafrost microbial communities will be examined with respect to the impact these organisms may have on sequestration of complex organic matter, and emission of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and methane) during global warming and permafrost degradation. Prospective undergraduate students must apply for the IRES scholarship by January 25, 2016 (thereafter the last Monday in January 2017 and January 2018) at http://micro.utk.edu/ires/.

For more information, contact Tatiana Vishnivetskaya at tvishniv@utk.edu or (865) 974-8080

 

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U.S. undergraduate students Elizabeth Grater, Kayla Wilfong, Alexander Eddie (upper row from left to right) and Amanda Clack (second row from left) performed permafrost microbiology studies in the Soil Cryology Laboratory at the Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems of Soil Sciences under supervision of Russian mentors Elizaveta Rivkina, Elena Spirina, and Ekaterina Durdenko during the June 9-July 22, 2016 IRES program.

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