K. Eric Wommack

Deputy Dean

Agriculture and Natural Resources


Plant and Soil Sciences

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Areas of Expertise

  • An environmental microbiologist, Wommack studies viruses, the most abundant biological entities on Earth. Particular focus is on the ecology of viruses in soil and marine environments.
  • Has conducted expeditions to the deep sea hydrothermal vents. Work includes diving to depths of greater than 2 miles deep, where both temperatures and pressure are at high levels. Wommack analyzes microbes of vent environments through DNA sequences from samples collected during the dives.
  • Is the first scientist ever to explore the ecology of viruses within soils using direct procedures that do not require isolation and cultivation of microorganisms.
  • Founding co-editor of the journal Microbiome.

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