Craig Moyer
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Craig L Moyer


My speciality is the marine microbial ecology and geomicrobiology of hydrothermal vent systems. I also maintain interests in terrestrial and aquatic microbial ecology, microbe-macrobe symbiotic relationships, bioremediation and microbial cycles that impact global climate change. My focus has been the study of microbial mats in and around hydrothermal vents, this includes the biodiversity and biogeography of the Zetaproteobacteria from several vent sites across the Pacific Ocean as well as the discovery and description of ultra-diffuse and ultra-deep vents as sites of massive umber deposits at the base of Loihi Seamount as part of the Iron Microbial Observatory or FeMO. In addition, I have been involved with the discovery of neutrophilic iron-oxidizing bacteria known as the Zetaproteobacteria, which have been formally accepted as a novel Proteobacterial class as of early 2017 (with David Emerson, Bigelow Labs), this includes the demonstration that Zetaproteobacteria can act as pioneering colonizers in the formation of microbial mats. My lab was also the first to describe multiple microbial mat communities associated with active submarine volcanoes along the Mariana Arc region. We also identified that this area was a microbial hotspot with unusually high biodiversity and our discoveries were used to support the federal government's recommendation and eventual formation of the Mariana Marine Sanctuary, which is now a national monument in the Western Pacific.

Biological Oceanography Ecology Evolutionary Studies Freshwater Biology Genomics Marine Biology Microbiology

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Western Washington University
Marine Microbiology and Geomicrobiology

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