Paleomicrobiology is a growing area of science providing us with unexpected information. Analysis of coprolites, mummified feces and the cultural information obtained from the DNA sequences is what this talk will mainly focus on.
Paleomicrobiología es un área de las ciencias en crecimiento que nos provee información imprevista. El análisis de los coprolitos, heces fecales momificadas y la información cultural obtenida de las secuencias de DNA será el enfoque principal de su charla.
Gary Toranzos, originally from Cochabamba, Bolivia, is an environmental microbiologist at the University of Puerto Rico for the last 29 years. Author of dozens of publications and books, pioneer in the field of paleomicrobiology. Together with the University of Puerto Rico archeologists as well as colleagues from California, and doctoral students, has taken the concept of paleomicrobiology to unexpected depths. He is a member of the American Academy of Microbiology, as well as an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He worked as the Program Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was member of the Science Advisory Board of the USEPA for various years. He was a member of the Research Council of Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF).
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