JHCS Students in Yellowstone!

Students from our Environmental Microbiology class spent a beautiful day up in the geyser basins of Yellowstone to see first hand the "extremophile" organisms that they have been studying in the classroom. Students were able to measure and observe temperature, pH and light conditions that dictate where microbes carve out a niche.  The class was lucky to be joined by Dana Skorupa, and expert on extremophiles in Yellowstone and Professor at the Thermal Biology Institute at Montana State University. The highlight of the day was hearing about Dana's many years of research in hot springs all over the park - the most fascinating of which is her current quest to find microbes that can eat plastics!