Trinity Hamilton

Plant and Microbial Biology
College of Biological Sciences
Twin Cities

Award Year
2021
University Award
McKnight Presidential Fellow Award
Research Title
Using modern microbial ecosystems to unlock Earth’s past, present, and future

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Trinity Hamilton is an environmental and molecular microbiologist. Her research examines microbial photosynthesis and global biogeochemical cycles throughout Earth’s history. Her research combines genomic, functional, and evolutionary studies of complex microbial ecosystems to answer outstanding questions in microbial ecology and evolution in the face of changing environmental conditions, and has been applied to places ranging from Yellowstone hot springs to Minnesota lakes to Greenland glaciers. Hamilton’s research has informed outstanding questions regarding the physiology of Earth’s oldest phototrophs and the contribution of these organisms to biogeochemical cycling in Earth’s past, present, and future.