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Academic report: Mineral-microbial co-evolution and its implications for the livability of the earth

At the invitation of professor lian of the college of life sciences, professor dong hailiang, director of the center of geomicrobiology and biogeochemistry of China university of geosciences, delivered an academic report entitled "mineral-microbial co-evolution and its implications for the habitability of the earth" at 9:30 am on June 30, 2019 in the circular meeting room on the third floor of the college of biological sciences.Teachers and graduate students from related fields of our college attended the meeting.

Professor Dong Hailiang is a geological microbiologist and director of the Center for Geological Microbiology and Biogeochemistry at China University of Geosciences. He was supported by the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2002. In 2007, he was appointed as a professor of Yangtze River Scholars at China University of Geosciences. In 2010, he was hired as a national Thousands of People special experts; more than 240 international SCI papers have been published, including two by the first author in Science, and one by the authors in Nature Communication and Nature Reviews Microbiology. He is currently the chairman of the Geological Microbiology Committee of the China Geological Microbiology Society, the editor of Chemical Geology, the associate editor of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Clays & Clay Minerals, Geomicrobiology Journal, the editor of Frontiers in Microbiology and Scientific Reports, and the guest editor of Elements. In 2007, he won the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Miami in the United States. In 2008, he was awarded the Marion L. and Chrystie M. Jackson Middle Age Scientist Achievement Award by the American Society of Clay Minerals, and the 2018 American Geological Society. Since 2015, he has been highly awarded as a highly cited scholar in Chinese research papers.

In the report meeting, professor dong hailiang analyzed the origin of mineral-driven microorganisms from the perspective of the interaction between minerals and microorganisms, thus promoting the origin and evolution of life on earth.His research takes geology as the background, analyzes the application of different mineral resources, the impact of microbial and mineral interaction on the earth, as well as the current research hotspots and common technologies in the field of geomicrobiology, and arouses people's in-depth thinking and discussion.

The academic report aroused great interest of teachers and students attending the conference. Then, professor dong hailiang held an academic discussion with teachers and students of relevant majors. The academic report came to a close in the warm applause of teachers and students.