My name is David Warner and I am a 5th year student in the environmental chemistry program. I am in this class because (apart from fulfilling a requirement for an environmental chemistry concentration) I have read a lot lately of how microbes are observed and even used in environmental processes, particularly those that involve contamination and remediation, which is my area of interest. I have already taken the Beginnings of Microbiology BIO 240 class, and while that is a good class on the fundamentals of microbes, it almost exclusively dealt with the biomedical aspect of microbio. I understand that to be vital to understanding disease, but there are other ways of observing and understanding microbes that were not touched on in that class that I am excited to learn in this class, particularly with Dr. Leigh’s personal work and research on microbes in the environment.
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