Home to all microbial research at the University of Waterloo
We will bring together shared computational and multi-omic infrastructure and methodology, with research themes and groups covering microbiology, genomics, computational biology, bioinformatics, earth sciences, environment and ecology, as well as engineering. Researchers from all six faculties of the University of Waterloo explore, discover, and innovate through dedication, motivation, and diligence to address environmental, industrial, economic and human health challenges.
Microbes and the Environment
Microbes can be found across many diverse environments all around Earth. For example, Pyrolobus fumarii thrives at temperatures exceeding 100°C in deep-sea hydrothermal vents. At the other extreme, Methanogenium frigidum is found living in Antarctic lakes at temperatures often dropping below freezing.
Microbes play important roles in their respective environments. They are major players in nutrient cycling, they break down harmful chemicals found in their environments, and they form symbiotic relationships with key species. Microbes in the environment have large roles to play in global warming, waste accumulation, human health, and agriculture.
Researchers at the WCMR study interactions between microbes and their environment to better understand the lithosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. Through the use of various methodologies and principles adopted from all faculties at the University of Waterloo, researchers can use the knowledge gained from their results and apply them in the field of environmental engineering, biogeochemistry, hydrology, hydrogeology, environmental psychology and environmental microbiology.
Keywords: Agriculture, Environmental Microbiology, Nutrient Cycling, Climate Change, Bioremediation, Biofiltration, Geomicrobiology, Biodiversity, Groundwater Contamination