James Hagadorn – Curator of Geology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Title: Deep Time Slime
Abstract: Microorganisms live everywhere – at the bottom of the ocean, in deserts, in us, and between every grain of sediment on earth. These microbes are often slimy or sticky, and as such, can facilitate or inhibit the formation of sedimentary structures, the preservation of fossils, the growth of minerals, and more. Our understanding of how some of these basic geologic features are fossilized is in its infancy, and in this talk, I’ll showcase some experimental work that illustrates how microbial slime is a potent geologic force, and how our understanding of slime-sediment interactions affects how we interpret sedimentary rocks, fossils, environments, reservoirs, and the like.
Where: RUCH 103
When: Monday, October 7th