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: jspear@mines.edu

Dedication

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