Montana State University,
Subsurface Observatory Science Lead
Matthew Fields is a professor in the Department of Microbiology & Cell Biology and also serves as Director of the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University. As the Subsurface Observatory Science Lead, his laboratory uses molecular ecology and physiology to study microbial communities associated with different environments that include subsurface environments and groundwater. Laboratory work includes physiology, ecology, and genomics of different organisms relevant to bioremediation, material interactions, and biofuels. Ultimately, a driving question is to understand the relationships between structure and function at different scales of biology and the associated ecological and physiological responses. An improved understanding of structure/function relationships will allow predictive modeling and design for a variety of natural and engineered systems. Research projects are currently funded through the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and private industry.