Explore cutting edge science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by question-and-answer period with the audience.


Science Inquiry Series Investigates Microbes as Canaries in a Cold Mine

What can the study of microbes living in cold temperature environments tell us about the physical limits of life?  Dr. Christine Foreman, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Montana State University, will offers insights into this question in the fourth virtual presentation of the Winter/Spring 2021 Science Inquiry Series.

The talk will be presented online via Zoom on Wednesday, April 14, at 7 pm, sponsored by the Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences, and co-sponsored by the non-profit community service organization Hopa Mountain and the Museum of the Rockies.

The series explores cutting edge science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by questions from the audience.  The talks are free to the public.

In her presentation, entitled “Microbes, Carbon and Climate: Impacts of a Changing Cryosphere,” Foreman will discuss how her research with deep ice cores and current environments provides insights into bacterial processes in cold places, past and present, and how carbon moves through these living systems in the context of a changing climate.

Foreman holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Toledo.  Her MSU research group in the Center for Biofilm Engineering studies life in icy environments, including Antarctica and Greenland, and her research focuses on microbial life in cold environments.  She has been a member of two National Academy of Science-National Research Council Committees, serves on the United States Ice Core Working Group, and is a steering committee member for NASA’s Network for Ocean Worlds and Network for Life Detection.  Foreman is also Associate Dean for Student Success in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering.

The Zoom presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period via the Zoom chat function; the event will last approximately an hour.

To access the Zoom link for the talk on March 10, see below.


Click on Zoom Link to join the session:

Science Inquiry Series Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 821 0939 0204
Passcode: 419126

+1 346 248 7799 US
+1 669 900 6833 US

Note: If you have not used Zoom before, you will need to download the Zoom application.  If you cannot or do not wish to connect via your computer, you can connect using one of the telephone numbers above and enter the meeting ID and passcode to listen in.


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