All Things Microbial Group

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to join the All Things Microbial Group, please contact:

Dr. John R. Spear

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Golden, CO 80401 USA
  • Phone: (303) 273-3497
  • Fax: (303) 273-3413
  • Email:


Our work is dedicated to the giants whose shoulders we stand upon. One of them, was the incredible Dr. Carl Woese, who more accurately described the previous sentence as, "If I have seen further than others, it is because I was looking in the right direction!" Carl--definitely looked in the right direction!! And for that, we, that is all microbiologists / biologists are eternally grateful!! Do what Carl did--Challenge Dogma!! Another giant was Dr. David Updegraff, Research Professor, Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry--who was thinking about the subsurface as a complete, fully alive with microbes, living ecosystem--way before anyone else!

"If you're not pissing off 50 percent of the people, you're not trying hard enough!"

"I'm a very happy person," he says. "I never get depressed, even though I know that everything's going to hell."

From: Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia, Inc., Fortune Magazine, 2 April 2007

"Scars are souvenirs you never loose, the past is never far." Goo Goo Dolls, Name