All Things Microbial Group

Microbes are HUNGRY!

Welcome to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department here at the Colorado School of Mines! Throughout this website you will find information about what my students and I do, our cast of characters, great information about the projects we work on, information about the amazing microbial world, links to relevant places, research / class resources, publications, and interesting images. Enjoy!

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about our research, the Division of Civil & Environmental Engineering, the Colorado School of Mines, or life in Colorado.

Dr. John R. Spear

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

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Publications in peer reviewed journals, in-press, submitted, book chapters and photographic publications


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