Bruce Fouke

Professor and Director, Carver Biotech Center

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Geology, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • M.Sc. Paleobiology, University of Chicago
  • M.Sc. Geology, University of Iowa
  • B.Sc. Geology, Bradley University

Research Interests

Some of my latest research interests include determination of how organic macromolecules produced by bacteria and corals affect the precipitation of carbonate biominerals during rapid environmental changes in temperature and oxygen concentration. The natural laboratories for this work are travertine hot springs in Yellowstone and coral reef ecosystems of the Netherlands Antilles. Results are providing fundamental new knowledge of the extent to which feedbacks between minerals, metazoans (coral) and thermophilic bacteria control the carbonate biomineralization process. This in turn will permit us to establish more precise predictive models of how coral reef ecosystems will respond over the next 100 years to global warming, and improve our search for and interpretation of microbial life on the early earth and other planets.

Teaching / Courses TAUGHT

  • GEOL 117 Oceanography
  • GEOL 143 History of Life
  • CHP 395 Biocomplexity in Yellowstone (Campus Honors)
  • GEOL 440 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • GEOL 415/515 Coral Reff Biocomplexity (LAS Courses Abroad)
  • GEOL 543 Carbonate Sedimentology and Diagenesis

Fields of Specialization

  • Geobiology, Earth Systems Science and Biocomplexity
  • Carbonate Coral Reef Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Paleoecology and Geochemistry
  • Sedimentary Geochemistry, Depositional and Diagenetic Reconstructions
  • Carbonate Petrography (Plane-Light, Cathodoluminescence, Fluorescence, and ESEM)
  • Water-Rock Interaction Mass Balance Modeling
  • Molecular Microbial Ecology (Phylogenetic Diversity, Community Structure, Metabolism)
  • Hydrocarbon Exploration and Microbially Enhanced Secondary Recovery


  • Department of Geology
  • Department of Microbiology
  • Institute for Genomic Biology
  • Illinois State Geological Survey
  • Russian and Eastern European Center
  • Montana State University Thermal Biology Institute
  • Curacao Caribbean Marine Biological Institute

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