As a contributor to ASC’s microbe study, Dupre will provide small microbe samples to principal investigator Dr. Dragos George Zaharescu, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Arizona and the Biosphere 2 project. Zaharescu is compiling samples from the world’s most remote alpine environments to study the microorganisms that live there.
Zaharescu hopes to gain insight into the biogeochemical weathering process of bedrock and how it contributes to nutrient cycling. “We want to know how microbes modify the geology they’re living on to produce nutrients” Zaharescu continues, “These microbes are extracting the nutrients out of bedrock, and we try to understand the data to get a global picture of life in terms of nutrient production. We are studying how climate change influences these processes on a massive scale by working with ASC athletes volunteering around the world.”