Chris Trivedi

Chris Trivedi

Postdoctoral Scholar

GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ

I am currently working as a postdoctoral scholar in the Interface Geochemistry group of Liane G. Benning at the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ in Potsdam, Germany. Part of my research in this group is to understand the role that biology plays on glacier melt dynamics. While we study all manner of microorganisms that live on glaciers, we are particularly interested in snow and ice algae and their impact on glacial albedo and carbon transformation processes. We use a variety of techniques to answer our research questions including targeted amplicon sequencing, metagenomic/metatranscriptomic sequencing, metabolomics, FT-ICR mass spectrometry, etc. Currently, we are focused on glacial environments in Greenland, Iceland, and Norway.

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  • Polar microbiology
  • Climate science
  • Geobiology
  • Astrobiology
  • Bioinformatics


  • PhD Environmental Engineering Science, 2018

    Colorado School of Mines

  • MS Environmental Engineering Sciences, 2013

    Colorado School of Mines

  • BS Biology, 2006

    University of Colorado Denver


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Microbial Metabolic Redundancy Is a Key Mechanism in a Sulfur-Rich Glacial Ecosystem
Insights into the dynamics between viruses and their hosts in a hot spring microbial mat
Low-Temperature Sulfidic-Ice Microbial Communities, Borup Fiord Pass, Canadian High Arctic
Carbonate-rich dendrolitic cones: insights into a modern analog for incipient microbialite formation, Little Hot Creek, Long Valley Caldera, California


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