© 2016 by William D. Leavitt

Research Overview

We conduct experiments to unravel the fundamental microbiological and environmental (physicochemical) controls that drive Earth’s biogeochemical cycles. Much of our experimental infrastructure is custom designed/built to our applications.  

On-going Projects

Bulk C and H isotopic fractionations during methane production by C-P lyase.

  • Led by: L. Taenzer (M.S. student) & W. Leavitt (PI)

  • Collaborators: P. Carini (ASU), A. Masterson (Northwestern)

  • Funding: Dartmouth Vice Provost for Research SEED

Clumped isotope signals of methane from non-traditional sources.​

  • Led by: W. Leavitt (PI) & L. Taenzer (M.S. student)

  • Collaborators: D. Rumble III (Carnegie), E. Young & J. Labidi (UCLA)

  • Funding: Dartmouth Vice-provost for Research

The H-isotopic compositions of thermoacidophile GDGTs in response to energy and the environment. 

  • Led by: W. Leavitt (PI), Y. Weber & A. Pearson (Harvard)

  • Collaborators: S. Kopf (CU Boulder), A. Zhou (Dartmouth), & F. Elling (Harvard)

  • Funding: American Chemical Society

Thermoacidophile GDGT variance as a function of energy availability. 

  • Led by: A. Zhou (M.S. student), A. Cobban (Undergrad), W. Leavitt (PI)

  • Collaborators: E. Boyd & M .Amenabar (Montana State Univ.), A. Pearson, F. Elling & Y. Weber (Harvard)

  • Funding: American Chemical Society, Dartmouth College


Mechanisms of GDGT cyclization in Sulfolobus islandicus.

  • Led by: B. Chiu (Research Asst./Lab Mgr.), A. Zhou (M.S. Student), W. Leavitt (PI)

  • Collaborators: C. Zhang & R. Whitaker (Univ. Illinois), A. Pearson, F. Elling & Y. Weber (Harvard)

  • Funding: Dartmouth College, NASA_NAI, DOE-JGI CSP

Present Funding

Dartmouth College
Dartmouth Burke Award