Tiny creatures, big jobs

04 February 2019 | Events

Later this month, the Scientific Society hosts a talk by Robert Logan of the Gobabeb Research & Training Centre titled Tiny creatures, big jobs: the important and awesome role of microbes in the Namib desert.

Although we cannot see them, microscopic organisms cover the Namib. Like their larger relatives, these tiny creatures must find ways to tolerate the many stresses of life in a hot, dry desert.

To do so, these bacteria and fungi live many different lifestyles in every habit across the desert. They can be found swimming around in saltwater springs, residing under rocks on dry gravel plains, gliding in on fog from the ocean, and even living inside the tissue of live plants. In all of these habitats, they perform important jobs, without which, many of the plants and animals that we recognize and love could not survive.

In this talk, Robert Logan will talk about the microbes of Namib Desert, where they are, how they live in such a dry landscape, and the important role they play in the desert ecosystem.

Robert Logan has worked in the Namib since 2012 and is currently a PhD Candidate in Dr Sarah Evans’s lab at Michigan State University. He previously worked as training coordinator and a research technician at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre, where he conducts field research in collaboration with Gobabeb researchers.

The talk takes place at the Scientific Society in Windhoek on Monday 11 February from 19:30 to 21:00.

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