Methane – An illustration of relationships between bacteria

Professor Lee Krumholz explains everything you need to know about methane, including his research on the methane oxidizing bacteria that could have tremendous impact on energy production and the environment. Lee Krumholz is an environmental microbiologist at the University of Oklahoma where he teaches Geomicrobiology and other microbial ecology related courses and labs. His research focuses on how bacteria survive and grow in several different natural ecosystems. This work has recently taken him to a sulfur and methane spring in western Oklahoma, a deep mine shaft in South Dakota and to the Brant Park Duck pond in Norman, OK. Lee has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois where he studied how the bacteria that live in the cow’s rumen make a living. Before moving to Oklahoma, he taught at MIT in environmental engineering, where he investigated how bacteria can aid us in dealing with environmental contamination. In 2017, Lee received funding from the National Science Foundation to look for novel bacteria that convert methane to carbon dioxide and to understand the mechanisms by which the conversion processes occur. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at