Published: March 2, 2017

Adrienne Narrowe, PhD student in Integrative and Systems Biology in the lab of Assistant Professor Chris Miller, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (NSF DDIG). The DDIG funds additional research for a year that extends Narrowe’s PhD research beyond the original scope of her dissertation proposal. Narrowe’s dissertation, a collaboration with researchers at the Ohio State University, uses high-throughput DNA sequencing of environmental samples to study the microbes that live in freshwater wetland soils. Freshwater wetlands are the largest source of atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and microbes both produce and consume this gas in soils before it is emitted into the atmosphere.