Professor Peter Girguis described the unexpectedly complex life forms that thrive in one of the most extreme environments on Earth on SftPublic's Contemporary Science program in July, 2012: The "Shocking" News from Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents.
Peter Girguis, PhD is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at Harvard University and an Adjunct Research Engineer at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. UPDATED INFO & website Peter Girguis His research focuses on the ecological physiology of microbes that live in extreme environments, to better understand the role they play in mediating deep ocean carbon and nitrogen cycling. He is particularly interested in the physiological and biochemical adaptations (adaptive traits) to life in anaerobic environments. His research lies at the intersection of biology and geochemistry, and he develops and uses a variety of tools (high-pressure systems to mimic natural environments, in situ mass spectrometers, in situ microbial fuel cells) to address the aforementioned issues.