Andy Thompson

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Andy Thompson

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Graduate Ph.D Student

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Department of Biology
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
United States

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Andy's research focuses on exploring the roles that protozoa play in the MDV soil food web. This entails describing their taxonomic diversity across the valleys as well as their trophic relationships with other organisms (i.e. who are they eating, and who is eating them). I'm also interested in evaluating their physiological limits, as these are consummate extremophiles. Following both of these lines of inquiry (food web dynamics and physiological limits) can aid in predicting the impact that a warming MDV will have on soil ecosystem processes, like nutrient cycling.

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