Contributor Profile

Aaron Best
Hope College

Contributed Projects

First‐year students measure the impact of human activity on local rivers and lakes by measuring the levels of sediment, phosphate and nitrate runoff. Taking the samples into the lab, students use advanced laboratory equipment and techniques to identify and quantify the microbial populations found within the watershed and correlate them with physical measurements.
This research experience is embedded in a semester long project in a general microbiology laboratory for undergraduates. It is designed to meet the American Society for Microbiology guidelines for introductory labs while addressing the open question of whether environmental isolates of Escherichia exhibit characteristics consistent with adaption to a non-host assocatied environment.