My research integrates microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, with a current focus on nitrogen cycling in estuarine and marine environments. I use molecular techniques to unravel the microbial diversity driving biogeochemical processes. This complements my work measuring actual process rates and how switching among biogeochemical pathways is influenced by environmental factors. What I find most exciting are interactions among ecological, geochemical, and microbial controls of elemental cycles.

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Dr. Rich's research examines microbial communities and biogeochemical processes in aquatic environments, and specifically the microbial factors that influence nitrogen availability. His current position is Assistant Professor, Research in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Center for Environmental Studies at Brown University. His research group focuses on microbial ecology and environmental microbiology, with current projects investigating anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) and denitrification in estuarine and marine ecosystems. He teaches a course in Microbial Diversity and the Environment. Dr. Rich received his Ph.D. at Oregon State University in 2003 and postdoctoral work at Princeton University before coming to Brown. Dr. Rich grew up in Wisconsin, graduating from UW-Madison in 1996.

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Assistant Professor of Ecology & Environmental Biology
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Center for Environmental Studies
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