Deric Learman
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Geomicrobiology, Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Ecology
Biosciences 3111
989-774-4409


Deric was raised in Michigan (Harbor Beach) and earned his undergraduate degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from Central Michigan University (CMU) in 2003. He earned his Ph.D. in Geosciences from Virginia Tech in 2008 under the supervision of Michael F. Hochella and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Colleen M. Hansel’s laboratory at Harvard University (2008-2011). Since 2011, he has been a CMU faculty member in the Institute for Great Lakes Research and the Department of Biology. His research interests combine microbiology and geology to understand how microbes drive biogeochemical cycles in water and on land.

Education

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard University, 2008-2011
  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2008
  • B.S., Central Michigan University, 2003

Research Interests

My overall research interests are directed towards understanding how microbes (single strains or microbial communities) control biogeochemical cycles in various environments, ranging from oceans, lakes, to sediments. The lab utilizes a range of techniques in microbial ecology, physiology, genomics, and geochemistry. As a member of the CMU Institute for Great Lakes Research, my lab is also interested in understanding how these dynamic processes function in the Great Lakes Basin.

Teaching Interests

  • Microbiology (BIO 208 and 320)
  • Biogeochemistry (BIO 567WI)
  • Conservation of Natural Resources (BIO 240WI)
  • Scientific Communication (EES 701)

Research is currently being conducted in my lab to describe pollen grain diversity across the Brassicaceae. Trends in pollen evolution will be examined relative to recent advances in phylogenetic reconstruction and tribal classifications within the family. Pollen morphological data from scanning electron and light microscopy will be used to examine pollen evolutionary patterns and correlated floral evolution across the Brassicaceae.