15th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Public Lecture: 

"Mammoth Hot Springs Reveals How Life Makes

Rock Through Time and Space"


presented by Dr. Bruce Fouke

Sunday, May 3, 2020, 7PM

at the Mammoth Recreation Hall

Don't miss an opportunity to hear Dr. Bruce W. Fouke speak about his work! The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.

Bruce is a professor of Geology and Microbiology, and a member of the Carl. R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He also serves as Director of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center. His lab group of students, postdocs and research scientists work at the intersection of carbonate geology and molecular biology (Geobiology, Astrobiology and Biomineralization) on projects that range from energy exploration and recovery, to translational human medicine, environmental influences on adaptation and evolution, and space exploration.


Fouke Lab Group: https://www.geology.illinois.edu/people/fouke/home

Yellowstone Outreach: https://artofyellowstonescience.igb.illinois.edu

Coursera Emergence of Life MOOC: https://www.coursera.org/instructor/brucefouke

NASA Astrobiology - Art of Yellowstone Science: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/news/the-art-of-yellowstone-science/

NY Times - Kidney Stones Dissolve In Vivo: 



Bruce completed his B.Sc. at Bradley University, M.Sc. degrees at the University of Iowa and the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He then went on to complete postdoctoral appointments at the Free University Amsterdam, the University of California Berkeley, and NASA Exobiology at Moffett Field. Bruce has held professorships at Lund University, Sweden, and the Illinois Center for Advanced Studies. He was recently awarded the Roy M. Huffington Distinguished Fellowship for the Asia-Pacific Region by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). This included a lecture tour oil field geomicrobiology at universities in India, Japan, China, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand. Bruce also serves on multiple science panels at NSF, DOE, NASA, and ONR. Results from his laboratory’s scientific research have been reported on in National Geographic, New York Times, Huffington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, and National Public Radio. Bruce teaches a diverse suite of courses that emphasize interdisciplinary research approaches and the personal connection between innate curiosity and geobiological environments. This plays out through integrated learning experiences in the classroom, in the laboratory and importantly at field sites around the world. Bruce was recently awarded the Illinois Campus-Wide award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the Broadrick-Allen Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Illinois Campus Honors Program.