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I am an Assistant Professor of Mycology at Utah Valley University. My students and I are investigating extremophilic fungi, the effect of fire severity on forest soil microbial community recovery, and the microbes associated with coral ecosystems under climate change. I am broadly interested in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, but am particularly drawn to applied questions and manipulative experimentation.

I received my PhD in Biology at the University of Arkansas, where my research focused on the distributional and functional ecology of slime molds. I received my B.S. in Biology at Missouri State University where I became interested in conservation.

When I am not playing with my microbes I enjoy hiking, brewing, kayaking for days at a time, and cooking. Also, I have the best dog ever, Dr. Indiana Jones.














Contact Info:

Geoffrey Zahn
Biology Department - Utah Valley University
800 W University Parkway - SB243c
Orem, UT 84058
zahn.geoff (at) gmail dot com