Steven Wilhelm

Kenneth and Blaire Mossman Professor of Microbiology

Phone: 865-974-0665
E-mail: wilhelm@utk.edu

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Steven Wilhelm is an oceanographer, limnologist, and molecular biologist who studies how microbial communities, including viruses, bacteria and algae, interact to shape the planet. His research group specializes in large lakes and open ocean field work and combines this with state-of-the-art molecular biology and laboratory studies.

Topics of expertise: microbial community structure and function, environmental genomics, virus ecology, nutrient and trace element biogeochemistry, harmful algal blooms

Recent media coverage:

For the first time in Oregon's history, toxins from a nearby algae bloom had made their way into a city's tap water. The danger was limited—toxins were at low enough levels to only pose dangers to vulnerable populations, like children, pets, or nursing mothers. NPR, September 3; Water Online, September 13

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