Tiny organisms called cyanobacteria have a huge impact on our planet, both throughout its history and today. Deep in Earth's history, they oxygenated the atmosphere, enabling the evolution of life as we know it. In the modern world they provide crucial ecosystem services but can also make toxins that threaten ecosystems and drinking water supplies. This talk will introduce these mighty microorganisms and discuss how we are studying them to better understand the history and future of life on Earth.
All talks are free and refreshments will be served. Visitor parking for the seminars (Central Campus) is across the street from Weiser Hall (formerly the Dennison Building) in the U-M Church Street parking structure. There is a $2.00 parking charge implemented by U-M Parking Services. For more information regarding the Saturday Morning Physics series click here or call 734.764.4437.