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Daniel H. Buckley is a microbial ecologist who investigates the ecology and evolution of soil microorganisms with a focus on the causes and consequences of microbial diversity.
My research program examines the ecological significance of microbial diversity in soils. My work focuses on the exploration of microbial diversity, and relationships between microbial diversity, environmental characteristics, and ecosystem processes. My program has a growing focus on genetic diversity within populations and we are currently examining how geographical and environmental factors impact bacterial population structure in soils at landscape and regional scales.
In collaboration with the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers and other faculty at Cornell I organize and teach a summer workshop for high school science teachers. The workshop, "The Microbial Earth", is a week long laboratory based experience that focuses on the role of microorganisms in the natural world. The workshop is designed to provide teachers with practical tools and open ended laboratory exercises from the microbial world that they can use to get their students excited about science.
CSS1120: Microbes, the Earth, and Everything This course provides an introduction to biology through the lens of microbiology, ecology, and evolution. Students investigate the processes that sustain our biosphere, explore the impact of microorganisms on humanity, and examine the unifying principles of life.