K Eric Wommack

Plant & Soil Science

Phone: (302) 831-4362

Email: wommack@dbi.udel.edu

Office: Townsend Hall

Journalists: Andrea Boyle Tippett (UD Media Relations) can assist with interview requests for this expert. 302-831-1421, aboyle@udel.edu
  • An environmental microbiologist, Wommack studies viruses, the most abundant biological entities on Earth. Particular focus is on the ecology of viruses in soil and marine environments.
  • Has conducted expeditions to the deep sea hydrothermal vents. Work includes diving to depths of greater than 2 miles deep, where both temperatures and pressure are at high levels. Wommack analyzes microbes of vent environments through DNA sequences from samples collected during the dives.
  • Is the first scientist ever to explore the ecology of viruses within soils using direct procedures that do not require isolation and cultivation of microorganisms.
  • Founding co-editor of the journal Microbiome.
  • Can also discuss microbes associated with the human vagina.

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Professor, Plant and Soil Science
Professor, Biological Sciences
Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

In The News:
Scientists to explore deep-sea vent viruses two miles under the ocean's surface (Daily Mail, U.K.)

UDaily Article:
UD researchers study viruses at deep-sea vents

virus, microbiolgy, soil science