Assistant Professor in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Adam Smith, along with colleagues Jan Amend, professor of earth sciences and biological sciences at USC Dornsife and Cameron Thrash, assistant professor of biological sciences, was awarded funding from the USC Provost New Directions in Research and Scholarship program (PNDRS) for their project “Isolating ‘Microbial Dark Matter’ to Breathe Greenhouse Gases.” The project–which was one of 2 selected out of a pool of 52 proposals–will investigate the domain Archaea as to their potential for ‘breathing’ greenhouse gases. The research will bring into culture greenhouse gas-consuming Archaea and to characterize their core physiologies (cellular functions) and phylogenies (evolutionary histories). These novel Archaea will then be used to investigate their effective mitigation of point sources of greenhouse gases.
This proposal comes at a critical time in addressing climate change and its long-term impacts.
Published on September 24th, 2019
Last updated on September 24th, 2019