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Montana EPSCoR Participants


Research students take samples from a hydrothermal pool at Yellowstone National Park

Student participants from the Thermal Biology Institute (TBI) take samples from a hydrothermal pool at Yellowstone National Park.

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The goal of TBI is to use an interdisciplinary approach to conduct research, education and outreach in order to understand life at high temperatures. TBI brings together expertise in the physical and life sciences to unravel the unique adaptation for life in the diverse thermal features of Yellowstone. TBI offers programs in undergraduate and graduate education, postdoctoral training and a visiting scholars program. The institute emphasizes an understanding of the dynamic interactions that exist between the biological, chemical and physical components of thermal environments. Ongoing research programs include an examination of microorganisms (bacterial viruses and fungi), macroorganisms (plants and animals), and geochemistry using the tools of molecular biology, chemistry, physics and ecology.

This work was supported by Montana EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), sponsored by the Natoinal Science Foundation under grant EPS 93-50546.

Credit: Montana State University

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