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Frederick (Rick) Colwell

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Discipline: Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry
Office: Weniger 519
Phone: 541-737-5220
Fax: 541-737-2064
Email: rcolwell@coas.oregonstate.edu
Vita or Résumé (PDF)

Research Interests

Microbial ecology, subsurface microbiology, geomicrobiology, coupling of microbial rates and processes to physical and chemical parameters in the environment, sensing and monitoring of microbes, methods for sampling the earth’s subsurface for microorganisms, bioremediation.

Current Research

  • Microbiology of methane hydrates and methane seeps in marine sediments.
  • Microbial induced calcite precipitation in aquifers and the subsurface.
  • Molecular methods for detecting microbes in the environment.
  • Estimates of in situ rates of microbial activities in deep Earth environments.
  • Diversity of microbes in Earth systems.


1986 Ph.D., Microbiology, Virginia Tech
1982 M.S., Microbiology, Northern Arizona University
1977 B.A., Biology, Whitman College


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