Alexis Templeton 2018
Professor • Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies
Geological Sciences • Center for Astrobiology

Office: BESC 340


Dr. Templeton is a Geomicrobiologist with a special focus on microbe-mineral interactions. At the University of Colorado, Alexis Templeton has established field and laboratory based studies of biomineralization processes in subsurface terrestrial systems in Colorado, the High Arctic and Oman. These projects include mechanistic studies of water/rock interactions, such as the hydration of mafic and ultramafic rocks, and the isolation and characterization of Fe, Mn, S and hydrogen cycling bacteria dependent upon geological energy sources. Prof. Templeton trains students and postdoctoral scholars in the realms of geochemistry, geomicrobiology and astrobiology and supervises the Raman Chemical Imaging laboratory. Prof. Templeton is also the Principal Investigator of the 'Rock-Powered Life' NASA Astrobiology Institute.


Geomicrobiology, environmental geochemistry, environmental microbiology, mineral spectroscopy 

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  • Postdoctoral: Scripps Institution of Oceanography 2002-2005
  • Ph.D. Stanford University 2002; M.S. Dartmouth College 1995
  • B.A. Dartmouth College 1993