Peter Girguis

Peter Girguis

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Peter Girguis.

Research Interests

Microbially-mediated carbon and nitrogen cycling in hydrocarbon-based and hydrothermal vent ecosystems; microbial fuel cells.

Related Publications

Wankel, S.D., Adams, M.A., Johnston, D., Joye, S.B., and Girguis P.R. 2012. The role of anaerobic methane oxidation in carbon flux from metalliferous hydrothermal vent sediments. Environmental Microbiology. doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2012.02825.x

Girguis, P.R. and Holden, J. 2012. On the potential for bioenergy and biofuels from hydrothermal vent microbes. Oceanography. 25(1):213-217. doi:10.5670/oceanog.2012.20

Petersen J.M., Zielinski, F.U., Pape, T., Seifert, R., Moraru, C., Amann, R., Hourdez, S., Girguis, P.R., Barbe,V., Pelletier, E., Fink, D., Borowski, C., Bach, W., and Dubilier, N. 2011. Hydrogen is an energy source for vent symbioses. Nature 474:176-180, 11 August 2011.

Wankel, S.D., Germanovich, L.N., Lilley, M.D., Genc, G., DiPerna, C.J., Bradley, A.S., Olson, E.J., and Girguis, P.R. 2011. Influence of subsurface biosphere on geochemical fluxes from diffuse hydrothermal fluids. Nature Geosciences. 4:461-468.

Luther III, G.W., Findlay, A.J., MacDonald, D.J., Owings, S.M., Hanson, T.E., Beinart, R.A., and Girguis, P.R. 2011. Thermodynamics and kinetics of sulfide oxidation by oxygen: a look at inorganically controlled reactions and biologically mediated processes in the environment. Frontiers in Microbiology 2(62): 1-9.

Girguis, P.R., Mark E. Nielsen, and Israel Figueroa. 2010. Harnessing energy from marine productivity using bioelectrochemical systems. Current Opinions in Biotechnology 21(3):252-258.


Microbial Sciences Initiative

Faculty Department

Organismic & Evolutionary Biology


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Contact Information

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