Michael J. Wilkins, Assistant Professor profile pic

I completed my Ph.D at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, studying the effects of Fe(III)-reducing bacteria on radionuclide (U, Tc, Ra) mobility in sediments under the guidance of Professor Jon Lloyd.

Following on from that, I carried out postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley, in the laboratory of Professor Jill Banfield. Here we used a suite of ‘omics’ tools (metagenomics, proteomics) to study the microbiology in a contaminated aquifer at Rifle, Colorado.

I’ve subsequently worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a research scientist on a range of projects linked to the microbiology and biogeochemistry of the Hanford site, geologic carbon sequestration, and terrestrial carbon cycling, before moving to Ohio State in Fall 2013.

My Google Scholar page


Paula Dalcin Martins, Graduate Student (Microbiology). Paula is working on the biogeochemistry of prairie pothole lake sediments, and their role in carbon and sulfur cycling

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Bob Danczak, Graduate Student (Microbiology). Bob is working on aquifer biogeochemistry in Colorado and Ohio, investigating processes contributing to arsenic mobilization, and the effects of seasonal hydrology on microbially-catalyzed processes in the subsurface











Anne Booker, Graduate Student (Microbiology). Anne is working on the physiology and metabolism of microorganisms living in flowback fluids and produced waters from hydraulically-fractured shale gas wells


Casey Saup, Graduate Student (Earth Sciences). Casey is working on biogeochemical responses to groundwater – river water mixing patterns in the East River catchment outside of Crested Butte, CO.


David Morgan, Research Assistant. David is working on the interaction of biocides with microorganisms isolated from deep shale ecosystems.

Zhijiao Di, Visiting Graduate Student from the China University of Geosciences. Zhijiao is working on analysis of microbial communities in hyporheic zone environments

Marie Burris, Undergraduate Research Assistant. Marie has been working on bioinformatic analyses of microbial communities in lake sediments in the Prairie Pothole Region of North America.


Previous lab members:

Mike Johnston (Lab manager). Now working for NIH in North Carolina

Ally Brady (SURE Undergraduate researcher)

Mackenzie Lynes (Undergraduate researcher). Now a Ph.D. student in Roland Hatzenpichler’s lab at Montana State

Michael Whaley (Undergraduate researcher)

Kevin Eberle (Undergraduate researcher)

Joanna Twist (Undergraduate researcher)