Beckman Scholars Program Faculty Mentor: Bopaiah Biddanda, Ph.D.
Dr. Bopaiah Biddanda is a microbial ecologist studying the movement of carbon driven by microbes in aquatic ecosystems. He obtained a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia where he explored new mechanisms of microbial carbon flux in the sea. Subsequently, he went on research and teaching adventures at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Germany), University of Texas Marine Science Institute, University of Rio Grande (Brazil) and University of Minnesota. Currently, he studies the Laurentian Great Lakes – including life in extreme environments, teaches classes in Marine Biology, Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry, operates a world-class time-series buoy observatory in a Great Lakes estuary www.gvsu.edu/buoy, serves on the board of international journals, and coordinates NASA’s Michigan Space Grant Consortium programs for the University. He considers Earth’s lakes as sentinels of change – faithfully reflecting the changing global carbon cycle in one of our most vital global commons: freshwater.