Another trek to Washburn Hot Springs, Fall 2017
Washburn Hot Springs is my favorite research site in Yellowstone. About 5miles into the backcountry, there is a mysterious quality to the murky, dark, bubbling fluids of Washburn. There are a myriad of new and interesting archaea and bacteria in this pool, and I am working to write a few manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals about those novel lifeforms based on their genomes. This time, we headed back to Washburn with an overwhelming amount of enrichments planned to see if we could detect new methane cycling microbes in their environment.