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Student participants from the Thermal Biology Institute
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Student participants from the Thermal Biology Institute

May 7, 2010
Student participants from the Thermal Biology Institute take samples from a hydrothermal pool in Yellowstone National Park.

More about this Image The goal of the Thermal Biology Institute (TBI) is to use an interdisciplinary approach to conduct research, education and outreach in order to understand life at high temperatures. TBI brings together expertise in the physical and life sciences to unravel the unique adaptation for life in the diverse thermal features of Yellowstone National Park. TBI offers programs in undergraduate and graduate education, postdoctoral training and a visiting scholars program.

The institute emphasizes an understanding of the dynamic interactions that exist between the biological, chemical and physical components of thermal environments. Ongoing research programs include an examination of microorganisms (bacterial viruses and fungi), macroorganisms (plants and animals) and geochemistry using the tools of molecular biology, chemistry, physics and ecology.

This work was supported by the Montana EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program under NSF EPSCoR grant 93-50546.