K. Eric Wommack
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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