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About Craig L. Moyer

My speciality is the marine microbial ecology and geomicrobiology of hydrothermal vent systems. I also maintain interests in terrestrial and aquatic microbial ecology, microbe-macrobe symbiotic relationships, bioremediation and microbial cycles that impact global climate change. My most recent work includes the biodiversity and biogeography of the Zetaproteobacteria from several hydrothernmal vent sites across the Pacific Ocean (with Sean McAllister, WWU) as well as the discovery and description of ultra-diffuse and ultra-deep hydrothermal vents as sites of massive umber deposits at the base of Loihi Seamount as part of the Iron Microbial Observatory or FeMO (with Katrina Edwards, USC, and other FeMO team members). In addition, I have been involved with the discovery of a novel class of neutrophilic iron-oxidizing bacteria known as the Zetaproteobacteria (with David Emerson, Bigelow Labs), the demonstration that Zetaproteobacteria can act as pioneering colonizers in the formation of microbial mats (with Allen Rassa, WWU), the detection of hyper-diverse microbial communities associated with deep-ocean basalts (with Cara Santelli, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History) and the determination that vestimentiferan tubeworms can harbor more than a single population of endosymbionts associated with their trophosome (with Leslie Chao-Davis, WWU). My lab was also the first to describe multiple microbial mat communities associated with active volcanoes along the Mariana Arc region (with Rick Davis, OHSU). Beyond establishing the basic microbial census and phylogenetic information, we also identified that this area was a microbial hotspot regarding unusually high bacterial biodiversity and our discoveries were used to support the federal government's recommendation and eventual formation of the Mariana Marine Sanctuary, which is now a national monument in the Western Pacific.


Present Professor, Department of Biology, Western Washington University Department of Biology

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Phone: (360)650-7935
Office: BI 406
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