Bacterial methane cycling - Biological sinks for a powerful greenhouse gas
Patricia Tavormina, PhD
Lowering greenhouse gas emissions is a fundamental challenge of the 21st century. From 2006 to 2018, Dr. Tavormina's research contributed to this goal in Dr. Victoria Orphan's laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, Methane-consuming 'methanotrophic' bacteria live in diverse ecological niches around the globe, and Patricia's research projects reflect this. Projects have incorporated geochemical, molecular, microscopic, and physiological analyses to provide a fuller understanding of the mechanisms and capabilities of methane oxidizing bacteria.