Title: Associate Research Professor
Affiliation: Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Location: DRI Las Vegas
Dr. Moser is a microbial and molecular ecologist focused on life in the terrestrial deep subsurface, lakes and oceans, and arid lands. Moser utilizes a combination of cultivation-dependent and -independent life detection methods, in conjunction with environmental and stable isotope chemistry, to track the activities and identities of microbes in the wild. Moser has focused on a variety of microbial types throughout his career, especially uncultivated bacteria and archaea of sediments and very deep aquifers. Moser has also worked extensively with bacteria of the cosmopolitan aquatic genus, Shewanella.
At DRI, Dr. Moser is developing a research program addressing the many microbiologically interesting habitats of the Great Basin, with special emphasis on aquifer and geothermal systems, terminal lakes and playas, and deep lake sediments. He is also developing studies addressing the role of microbes in contaminant alteration and transport; especially radionuclides at DOE sites, such as the Nevada Test Site. He is also researching the role of riverbed and riparian zone microbes in the enhancement of water quality of western rivers, such as the Truckee in NV.
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