Mikaela Hoellrich

Mikaela Hoellrich

Advisors: Nicole Pietrasiak

I am a master’s student with Dr. Nicole Pietrasiak in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department at New Mexico State University. I am looking to link biogeochemical function (in terms of carbon flux and nitrogen fixation) to microbial diversity in Chihuahuan Desert biocrusts. I am interested in understanding the physiological limits of microbial life and seeking out proxies for extraterrestrial life.