Scientist in the Spotlight: Microbiology in the Extremes

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Natural History Museum of Utah - Naturalist Lab

Julia McGonigle, an Environmental Microbiologist, at NHMU.
Join, Environmental Microbiologist, Julia McGonigle, and learn about the microbiology in two extreme locations that she studies. First, “The Lost City,” which is a hydrothermal field home to white smoker vents at a depth of 900 meters below the mid-Atlantic Ocean. The second location is Utah’s own “Bonneville Salt Flats.” Most famous for hosting an annual high-speed racing event, this location also hosts a diverse community of salt tolerant microbes.

Explore, with Julia, a geological process called serpentinization, which creates beautiful chimneys that tower out of underwater mountains. Build you own salt flat microbe while learning how life can survive in these extreme conditions. Think like a microbiologist!

Scientist in the Spotlight is held on the first and third Friday of each month from 2–4 p.m. The program allows Museum guests to meet real scientists and discuss their research. See link below for additional scientists in the series.


Included in Museum admission, free to members and University of Utah faculty, staff, and students with a current U ID.