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Zach Aanderud

Plant & Wildlife Sciences

4125 LSB
Provo, UT 84602


I am an a professor of microbial ecology and biogeochemistry born and raised in Portland OR and educated at BYU, the University of California Davis, and Michigan State University. I feel that the purpose of my professional life is to teach students about the interconnectedness of life within the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere and promote environmental sustainability through ecological truths, gospel principles, and charity.

Research Interests

Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry—Much of my research focuses on the impact of bacteria on water quality and applications of microbial ecology in biotechnology, specifically identifying the temporal implications of nutrients on harmful cyanobacteria blooms and harnessing the power of extremophilic bacteria to enhance the anaerobic digestion of waste and the generation of biogas.

Teaching Interests

While I teach Environmental Biology (PWS 150 a science elective for non-science majors), Biogeochemistry (PWS 365), Biogeochemistry Lab (PWS 366), and Aquatic and Terrestrial Biogeochemistry), I attempt build on the student's existing knowledge and encourage the individual to develop their own conceptual links between what the student knows and the topic/information being introduced. This approach allows the student to not only internalize the information but encourages the individual to take ownership in the learning process and often reevaluate their preconceived opinions. Since this is a more collaborative approach to education, much of my curriculum is discussion-oriented, project-based, and involves small group work.


  • International Society of Microbial Ecology (2010 - Present)
  • Soil Science Society of America (2009 - Present)
  • Ecological Society of America (2004 - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Committee/Council Member, Soil Science Society of America (2010 - Present)

Courses Taught


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