James F. Holden

Professor, microbiology

geothermal bacteria and microorganisms, microorganisms in extreme conditions, physiology and genomics of thermophilic and hyperthermophilic archaea, geomicrobiology of the geothermal environments, speakers bureau

Phone: (413) 577-1742

Email: jholden@microbio.umass.edu

James F. Holden’s research focuses on the physiology and genomics of thermophilic and hyperthermophilic archaea and the geomicrobiology of the geothermal environments where these organisms are found.

His field research occurs at deep-sea hydrothermal vents at Axial Seamount and the Endeavour Segment in the northeastern Pacific Ocean and uses the deep-sea submarine Alvin and remotely-operated submarines such as Jason II and ROPOS. The hyperthermophilic H2 research is being translated into new ways of remediating agricultural wastes in bioreactors to produce bioenergy, kill pathogens and prevent eutrophication.