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Education and Community Outreach

Education: K-12Science Experiments

Grades K-3   Growing crystals (click here)
Grades 4-6   Growing your own bacteria (click here)
Grades 7-9   Growing microbes under different conditions (click here)
Grades 10-12   Extracting DNA from plants and bacteria (click here)

 

Community Outreach: Invited Talks

Maier, R.M. 2011. Making a living while starving in the dark: the NSF Kartchner Caverns
Microbial Observatory. Keynote address, Rutgers University Symposium on Microbiology,
New Brunswick, NJ, Feb. 3.

Vaughn, M.J., K.C. Curtis, R.M. Maier, and B.M. Pryor. 2010. The Scuttlebutt on “Fun Guys” (Fungi) at Kartchner Caverns. CaveFest 2010, Kartchner Caverns State Park, Nov. 13.

Neilson, J.W., A. Legatzki, and R.M. Maier. 2010. The bacterial communities of Kartchner
Caverns" who knew?!  CaveFest 2010, Kartchner Caverns State Park, Nov. 13.

Neilson, J. W. and R. M. Maier. 2010. The search for life in the driest desert on earth – The Atacama Desert, Chile. Biosphere Science Series, Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ, Feb. 13.

Legatzki, A., M. Ortiz, J.W. Neilson, M.Creamer, K.Nelson, H.Th. Chu, C.E. Banczak, B.M. Pryor, L.S. Pierson III, and R.M. Maier.  2009.  Microbial diversity in Kartchner Caverns, a carbonate cave in southern Arizona, US.  15th International Congress of Speleology, Kerrville, TX July 19-26.

Neilson, J.W., J. Quade, J.L. Betancourt, and R.M. Maier.  2009.  Hyperarid extremophiles: A comparison of bacterial communities from distinct locations in the core of the Atacama Desert.  Goldschmidt Conference for Geochemistry, Davos, Switzerland, June 21-26.

Maier, R.M. 2009.  The wet dark microbial world of Kartchner Caverns.  Biosphere II Advisory Board, Biosphere II, AZ, May 16.

Maier, R.M.  2008.  The wet dark microbial world of Kartchner Caverns.  Undergraduate Biology Research Program, University of Arizona, June 12.

Maier, R.M. and J.E. Pemberton.  2008.  Developing collaborative research teams: an example.  BIO5 Ambassadors Student Club, University of Arizona, March 24.

Maier, R.M.  2007.  The wet dark microbial world of Kartchner Caverns.  Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson, AZ, Dec. 13.

Maier, R.M., B.M. Pryor, L.S. Pierson III, R. Wing, R. Toomey, and R.R. Casavant. 2007. Kartchner Caverns Microbial Observatory:  Habitat scale community structure and function in carbonate caves.  Microbial Observatories/Microbial Interactions and Processes PI Meeting and Workshop, March 1-3, Washington, DC.

Maier, R.M. 2007.  The wet dark microbial world of Kartchner Caverns.  University of Arizona Honors Forum Lunch Series, Feb. 7. 

 

 

 

 

updated 7/2009

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