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Research with Dr. Frantz combines field-based studies, sampling, chemical/geochemical analyses, laboratory-based experimental approaches, and computational modeling to understand the interactions between microorganisms and their environment, both in modern environments and in the rock record. There are numerous opportunities for student involvement; click here to see a list of undergraduate research projects that Dr. Frantz is currently recruiting students for.

Current research students: access the Lab Research Page here (requires password).

GSL Microbialite Observatory

What are the environmental conditions that form carbonates?


How do microbes build rock?


What can stromatolites tell us about past environments?

Rotten Ice

What's happening to sea ice in the Arctic?


C. Frantz, B. Light, S. Farley, S. Carpenter, R. Lieplappen, Z. Courville, M. Orellana, & K. Junge (2019) Physical and optical characteristics of heavily melted "rotten" Arctic sea ice. The Cryosphere. doi:10.5194/tc-2018-141

D. Newell, J. Jensen, C. Frantz, M. Vanden Berg (2017) Great Salt Lake (Utah) microbialite δ13C, δ18O, and δ15N record fluctuations in lake biogeochemistry since the Late Pleistocene. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 18:3631-3645. doi:10.1002/2017GC007078

S. Domagal-Goldman, K. Wright, K. Adamala, L. de la Rubia, J. Bond, L. Dartnell, A. Goldman, K. Lynch, M.-E. Naud, I. Paulino-Lima, K. Singer, M. Walter-Antonio, X. Abrevaya, R. Anderson, G. Arney, D. Atri, A. Azua, J. Bowman, W. Brazelton, G. Brennecka, R. Carns, A. Chopra, J. Colangelo-Lillis, C. Crockett, J. DeMarines, E. Frank, C. Frantz, E. de la Fuente, D. Galante, J. Glass, D. Gleeson, C. Glein, C. Goldblatt, R. Horak, L. Horodyskyj, B. Kaçar, A. Kereszturi, E. Knowles, P. Mayeur, S. McGlynn, Y. Miguel, M. Montgomery, C. Neish, L. Noack, V. Petryshyn, S. Rugheimer, E. Stüeken, P. Tamez-Hidalgo, S. Walker, T. Wong. (2016) The Astrobiology Primer 2.0. Astrobiology, 16:561-653. doi:10.1089/ast.2015.1460

V. Petryshyn, M. Juarez Rivera; H. Agic; C. Frantz; F. Corsetti; A. Tripati. (2016) Stromatolites in Walker Lake (Nevada, Great Basin, USA) record climate and lake level changes ~35,000 years ago. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 451:140-151. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.02.054

V. Petryshyn, F. Corsetti, C. Frantz, S. Lund, W. Berelson. (2016) Magnetic susceptibility as a biosignature in stromatolites. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 437:66-75. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.12.016

C. Frantz, V. Petryshyn, F. Corsetti. (2015) Grain trapping and binding by filamentous cyanobacterial and algal mats: Implications for stromatolite microfabrics through time. Geobiology, 13:409-423. doi:10.1111/gbi.12145

C. Frantz, V. Petryshyn, P. Marenco, W. Berelson, A. Tripati, F. Corsetti. (2014) Dramatic local environmental change during the Early Eocene Climatic Optimum detected using chemical analyses of a Green River Formation stromatolite. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 405:1-15. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.04.001