Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert

ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration
Assistant Professor
TEMPE Campus
Asst Professor
TEMPE Campus


Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert’s research focuses on microbially mediated Earth-life interactions, with the goal of identifying key players in global biogeochemical cycles and determining their rates of activity in past and modern environments. She integrates a range of techniques, including geochemical, gene-based and statistical methods, and applies them across various scales, from molecules to oceanic basins. She’s an assistant professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration.


  • Ph.D. Geobiology, California Institute of Technology 2016
  • M.S. Geobiology, California Institute of Technology 2013
  • B.A. Environmental Science (Physics), Barnard College, Columbia University 2008


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My lab focuses on microbially mediated Earth-life interactions, with the goal of identifying key players in global biogeochemical cycles and determining their rates of activity in past and modern environments. We integrate a range of techniques, including geochemical, gene-based, and statistical methods, and apply them across various scales ranging from molecules to oceanic basins.


E. Trembath-Reichert, D. Butterfield, J. Huber. Active subseafloor microbial communities from Mariana back-arc venting fluids share metabolic strategies across different thermal niches and taxa. ISMEJ. [DOI:10.1038/s41396-019-0431-y]

E. Trembath-Reichert, Y. Morono, A. Ijiri, T. Hoshino, K. S. Dawson, F. Inagaki, V. J. Orphan. Methyl-compound use and slow growth characterize microbial life in 2 km-deep subseafloor coal and shale beds. PNAS (2017): [DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1707525114]

E. Trembath-Reichert, L. Ward, S. Slotznick, S. Bachtel, C.  Kerans, J. Grotzinger, W. W. Fischer. Gene Sequencing-Based Analysis of Microbial Mat Morphotypes, Caicos Platform, British West Indies. Journal of Sedimentary Research (2016). 86:629-636. [DOI:10.2110/jsr.2016.40]

E. Trembath-Reichert, D.H. Case, V. J. Orphan. Characterization of microbial associations with methanotrophic archaea and sulfate-reducing bacteria through statistical comparison of nested Magneto-FISH enrichments. PeerJ (2016). 4:e1913. [DOI:10.7717/peerj.1913]

A.E. Dekas, S.A. Connon, G.L. Chadwick, E. Trembath-Reichert, V.J. Orphan. Activity and interactions of methane seep microorganisms assessed by parallel transcription and FISH-NanoSIMS analyses. ISME Journal (2015). [DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2015.145]

Inagaki, Hinrichs, Kubo, Bowles, Heuer, Hong, Hoshino, Ijiri, Imachi, Ito, Lever, Kaneko, Lin, Methé, Morita, Morono, Tanikawa, Bihan, Bowden, Elvert, Glombitza, Gross, Harrington, Hori, Li, Limmer, Liu, Murayama, Ohkouchi, Ono, Park, Phillips, Prieto-Mollar, Purkey, Riedinger, Sanada, Sauvage, Snyder, Susilawati, Takano, Tasumi, Terada, Tomaru, Trembath-Reichert, Wang & Yamada. Science (2015): 349 (6246), 420-424. [DOI:10.1126/science.aaa6882]

E. Trembath-Reichert, J.P. Wilson, S.E. McGlynn, W.W. Fischer. Four hundred million years of silica biomineralization in land plants. PNAS (2015). 112:5449-5454. [DOI:10.1073/pnas.1500289112]

E. Trembath-Reichert, A.Green-Saxena, V.J. Orphan. Whole Cell Immunomagnetic Enrichment of Environmental Microbial Consortia Using rRNA-Targeted Magneto-FISH. In: Edward FD, ed. Methods in Enzymology (2013): Academic Press, 21-44.

B. J. Mailloux, E. Trembath-Reichert, J. Cheung, M. Watson, M. Stute, G.A. Freyer, A.S. Ferguson, K.M. Ahmed, M.J. Alamd, B.A. Buchholz, J. Thomas, A.C. Layton, Y. Zheng, B.C. Bostickh, and A. van Geen. Advection of surface-derived organic carbon fuels microbial reduction in Bangladesh groundwater. PNAS (2013). 110:5331-5335. [DOI:10.1073/pnas.1213141110]



Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
GLG 461 Geomicrobiology
MIC 461 Geomicrobiology
CHM 494 Special Topics
CHM 598 Special Topics
MIC 598 Special Topics
GLG 598 Special Topics
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
SES 502 Exploring SESE Research