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    Good day, friends.

    I figured I'd introduce myself, since I hope to be an active member on this forum. I am going into my fourth year of my undergrad, and I'm currently doing my research thesis for my honours. My thesis is on anaerobic amoebae in certain layers of soil, with particular attention paid to layers in semi-permafrost soil. My future aspirations are to get a Ph.D. in micropaleontology and work as a research professor, and hopefully work my way into NASA Science looking for the earliest organisms on Earth, or better yet, fossilized organisms off of Earth.

    It's nice to be here. I'm looking forward to having meaningful discussions while teaching and learning with you folks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Beard Baron
    ... anaerobic amoebae in certain layers of soil, with particular attention paid to layers in semi-permafrost soil...
    I wonder where are these soils and their horizons with these amoebae. Please more details ! What do they live from ?

    Jacques


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    The amoeba I look at are not as far down as some would like, mostly in the bottom of the A horizon. Very little air penetrates the soil that far, and as such you get a nice anaerobic community of bacteria and amoebae. They feed on anaerobic bacteria which live at these depths. Why semi-permafrost, you ask? Because the anaerboic bacteria they feed on often produce Nitrous Oxide, which is an extremely potent greenhouse gas. As more soil becomes available for Nitrous Oxide (due to receding permafrost due to global climate change), more of it is produced. So I study the organisms that eat these Nitrous Oxide producing bacteria.

    Thanks for asking!
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    Welcome to The Science Forum, your work sounds very interesting- looks like you should most likely be able to contribute very positively towards this forum!
    "Nature doesn't care what we call it, she just does it anyway" - R. Feynman
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    Hello,
    I am Scott Kate! I am new member in this forum. Have a nice day, everyone!
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    Hiho Baron, :-D

    We have already met in a topic, I hope you remember me (the "lazy" autodidact wannabe :-D )

    Cheers, Novus :wink:
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    Hi Novus,

    I hope I didn't offend you with the lazy comment. More importantly, I hope you've reconsidered. But that's not my business. We can all learn a thing or two from each other.
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    Don't worry you didn't :-D I do consider myself lazy :-D

    Finally I realised that I can choose BOTH options at the same time , I mean I am planning to study in a university/college + also learn and research extra time. (The only barrier left is my own lazyness )
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