If you are a highly motivated prospective grad student or postdoc candidate, please contact Roland by email. Prospective graduate students interested in environmental microbiology or astrobiologycan can join us

via the Chem-Biochem, Microbiology and Cell Biology, or the Molecular BioSciences Program.

Mar 18-20, Roland at Mountain West Microbiome meeting, Snowbird, UT

Apr 1-30, Sylvia and Andy on research cruise to the Guayamas and Pescadero basins on-board RV Atlantis (feat. Alvin) 

Apr 11-13, Will gives talk at Montana Aquatic Research Colloquium, Flathead Lake, MT

​Apr 25, Roland gives talk at Food Allergy Science Initiative (FASI), MIT-Harvard

May 16, Roland gives talk at Department of Microbial Ecology, University of Vienna, Austria

Jun 10-14, Sylvia gives talk on the microbial activity in the deep marine subsurface at AbgradCon, Ithaca, NY

Jun 14-17, Roland at ASM Microbe, giving talk in session 'The secret life of anaerobes'

​Aug 11-16, Roland at Gordon Research Conference on C1 metabolism

​Sep 22-26, Zack at Extremophiles 2024 conference in Greece, presenting work on archaea in Yellowstone hot springs

Upcoming events in 2024

​Hatzenpichler ​Environmental Microbiology Lab

99% of microbes currently cannot be grown in the lab. We seek to understand what this "uncultured majority" is doing and how its activity shapes Earth's biogeochemical cycles ​and life on our planet.

Recent and selected past events


May 30, Accepted at Nature: Anthony's manuscript Cultivation and visualization of a methanogen of the phylum Thermoproteota. Congrats Anthony!
This study demonstrates, for the first time, that methanogenesis is not confined to the Euryarchaeota. Anthony cultured a thermophilic archaeon from the phylum Thermoproteota (TACK superphylum) from a Yellowstone hot spring and demonstrated that it is a bona fide methanogen. CryoET work with the lab of Martin Pilhofer revealed the methanogen's unique ultrastructure, including cell-to-cell bridges through which cells share their cytoplasm.





May 25, Coming soon in PLoS Biology: George's Opus Magnum Multicellular magnetotactic bacterial consortia are metabolically differentiated and not clonal. We  studied the unique biology of multicellular magnetotactic bacteria, the only example of bacteria without a unicellular stage in their life cycle!   PDF








Mar 19, Out in The ISME J: Methylotrophic methanogenesis in the Archaeoglobi: Cultivation of Ca. Methanoglobus hypatiae from a Yellowstone hot spring. Congrats Mack on a great piece of work that combines targeted cultivation, growth experiments, fluorescence and electron microscopy, stable isotope tracing, metagenomics, and metatranscriptomics!   PDF







Jan 10, George succesfully defends his PhD thesis. Congratulations Dr. Schaible!









Sep 6, New paper on the effects of spartina grass and diesel fuel addition to a salt marsh microbiome's activity is published in Frontiers in Microbiology. Congrats Erin Frates from Jeff Marlow's lab and former postdoc in our lab, Rachel Spietz, who share first authorship!   PDF






Jul 20, Roland is elected to co-vice-chair the GRC Applied and Environmental Microbiology meeting in 2025 together with Thulani Makhalanyane. Thulani and Roland will then co-chair the meeting in 2027.







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