University of Delaware
2013-2014 Distinguished Lecturer
Microbial Life in the Subsurface: Letting the Sequences Tell the Story

Microorganisms are living deep in marine sediments. Potentially surviving for thousands of years, these tiny organisms are unusual and unlike their surface relatives. It’s taken over a decade of study, but we are beginning to understand what these intraterrestrials are up to in the deep subsurface.

This talk will explore the application of high throughput sequencing to study the microorganisms of this environment. Through metagenomes and metatranscriptomes, we are beginning to understand the cellular activity within this deep, extreme environment.

Dr. Biddle’s research relies on samples collected by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, with emphasis on those collected specifically for microbial analysis.


September 26, 2013 – Syracuse University
December 5, 2013 – University of Minnesota
October 23, 2013 – Arizona State University
November 19-20, 2013 – Florida Atlantic University and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
January 16, 2014 – Midwestern State University
January 23, 2014 – University of Illinois at Chicago
May 5, 2014 – Oregon State University
May 8-9, 2014 – Oregon Health and Science University, CMOP