May 2021 Congrats to Samantha Gallien graduating today with her BS in Biochemistry and awarded Biology's Outstanding Senior Award for her academic and research accomplishments.
May 2021 Back-to-back defense days in the Field lab. Congratulations to Drs. Chequita Brooks and Cody Garrison on successfully defending their dissertations! So proud of all these two amazing scientists have accomplished, they both have bright futures ahead of them!
April 2021 A year ago we were packed up and about to head out to Saipan to collect biofilm samples from the surface of submerged WWII Aircrafts for Dominic Bush's PhD dissertation research. A lot has changed since then, but we are now vaccinated, tested, and approved for travel to complete this research in Maui, HI instead! Happy to report we were able to safely and successfully collect samples from these amazing artificial reefs.
February 2021 The weather is turning warm which only means one thing, water collection time! Undergraduate researcher Sam Gallien stops for a quick photo op in between sites.
January 2021 Our very own Chequita Brooks was featured in "Letters to a Pre-Scientist"! Check out Chequita's letterhere which was featured for her exceptional ability to connect with a pre-scientist.
January 2021 It's a new year with a new publication! Cody Garrison and Dr. Field introduce a core microbiome associated with steel structures. Want to know which microbes you find on stainless steel and shipwrecks? Check out the FEMS Microbiology Ecology article here.
December 2020 Iron mats are everywhere, but have you ever stopped to think about the organisms that live there and how they interact with each other? Check out the newest Field lab mini-review in mBio from Chequita Brooks & Dr. Field to learn more.
November 2020 Congratulations to Kyra Price on successfully defending her MS thesis "Investigating the microbial communities associated with aluminum alloys 2024 and 7075".
October 2020 Dr. Field had the amazing opportunity to talk about shipwreck microbes with Ira Flatow on NPR's Science Friday. Watch here!
July 2020 July is publication month again! Congratulations to Field lab members Kyra Price, Cody Garrison and Dr. Field as well as collaborator ECU's Maritime Studies Director Nathan Richards on their publication in Frontiers in Microbiology, link here.
June 2020 Congratulations to Kyle Swanson on his successful Master's Thesis Defense!
April 2020 Congratulations to Seth Gibbons on his successful Master's Thesis Defense and good luck as he begins his PhD at Clemson University.
March 2020 We may be shut down, but we were prepared! Throwback to field sampling last year by Chequita Brooks & Sara Roozbehi
September 2019 Sara Roozbehi and the ECU Microbe team teach prospective biology undergrads how cool microbes are at the annual "What's Up Bio" Expo.
July 2019 July is publication month in the Field lab. Congrats to Cody Garrison on his new article in Applied and Environmental Microbiology on stainless steel microbes (and cover art image!) and Madison Lamb on her publication in PloS One on microcystin toxicity. Check them out here.
April 2019 Outreach April continues! Earth Day Expo was a success introducing kids and adults alike about microbial interactions through a cool microbial warfare card game created by our own Chequita Brooks.
April 2019 We had a great time representing ECU microbes at the Coastal Studies Institute Open House. Who doesn't like shipwreck microbes?
April 2019 Field Lab students doing an awesome job presenting their research at the ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week (RCAW). Nice job representing ECU microbes with 6 posters and 1 talk (some pictured here!).
March 2019 Spring is here in NC (so are the crabs, crobes, and river herring) so field work has begun!! Special thanks to the Edenton Fish Hatchery for allowing us to conduct our eDNA shedding and decay rate experiments there.
March 2019 Celebrating Sara Roozbehi's Undergraduate and Research Creative Activity (URCA) Award to study the role of microbes in zombie crabs (i.e., host-parasite-microbe interactions). Congrats Sara!
March 2019 Chequita Brooks introducing microbes to the next generation of STEM scientists in 8th grade science classes at Martin Millennium Academy (Tarboro, NC).
December 2018 Had a great time attending and presenting at AGU in Washington, D.C. - lots of interesting work including Chequita Brooks pictured here talking about how benzene interacts with iron mat communities.
November 2018 ECU's Microbial Biotechnology class sequencing a microbial genome using the Oxford Nanopore's MinION sequencer!
June 2018 Cody Garrison (IDPBS, pictured here), Gina Bledsoe (IDPBS, Peralta Lab), and Ariane Peralta represent ECU microbiology at the Annual ASM Microbe Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
May 2018 Our own Kyra Price (BS Biology) receives an American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship to conduct research this summer on how microbes sense and attach to stainless steel. Congrats Kyra!
April 2018 Congratulations to Chequita Brooks (IDPBS) & Kyra Price (BS Biology) on their Research and Creative Achievement Week (RCAW) Best Poster Awards! Celebrating here with Dr. Jamie Vernon (Executive Director and CEO of Sigma Xi).