About Dr. Peter Kourtev
Job Title: Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Kourtev is a microbiologist who studies microbial communities in various environments.
The two central questions in his research are “What drives the diversity of microbial communities in the environment and how is microbial diversity related to function?” He explores these questions in a variety of systems: the stomachs of wild ruminants such as deer, the carnivorous pitchers of the purple pitcher plant and soils invaded by the exotic plant autumn olive, and amphibian skin, among others.
Students in his lab work with DNA extracted from microbes in environmental sample and perform community analysis using method such as PCR, DGGE and sequencing.