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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.

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

Courses Taught

  • Generational Introductory Biology (BIO 101)
  • Quantitative Introductory Biology (BIO 105QR)
  • Microbiology (BIO 208 and 320)
  • Conservation of Natural Resources (BIO 240WI)
  • Biogeochemistry (BIO 567WI)
  • Scientific Communication (EES 701)