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Professor of Environmental Microbiology


Microbial Physiology
ESE 166 / Bi 166
9 units (3-1-5)
Offered: Fall Term.

  • Recommended prerequisites:
    One year of college biology.
  • Textbook:
    Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 13th
    ISBN-10: 032164963X
  • Topics:
    Growth, metabolism, membrane bioenergetics, transport of small molecules, protein excretion, motility, chemotaxis, global regulators, and metabolic integration.

Introduction to Environ. Science & Engin.
9 units (3-0-6)
Offered: Spring Term.

  • Recommended prerequisites:
    Ph 1 ab, Ch1 ab, and Ma 1 ab.
  • Textbook:
    Principles of Environ. Engin. & Science, 2e
    Davis & Masten - 2009

    ISBN-10: 0072350539
  • Topics:
    An introduction to the array of major scientific and engineering issues related to environmental quality on a local, regional, and global scale. Fundamental aspects of major environmental problems will be addressed with an overall focus on the dynamic interplay among the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere. Underlying scientific principles based on biology, chemistry, and physics will be presented. Engineering solutions to major environmental problems will be explored.

    Not offered on a pass/fail basis.

    Satisfies the menu requirement of the Caltech core curriculum.


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Marine Biological Laboratory - Microbial Diversity Summer Course - Woods Hole Massachusetts:

Starting Summer 2014 (and through Summer 2018): Professor Leadbetter and Professor Dianne Newman will serve as Co-Directors of and as Faculty for the Microbial Diversity Summer Course offered by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Microbial Diversity Summer Course APPLICATION MATERIALS are due February 4, 2014.