Elliott Barnhart

Biography

Dr. Elliott Barnhart is a research hydrologist (microbiologist) at the Wyoming Montana Water Science Center in Helena, Montana.  His research focuses on using new DNA technology to better understand ecological processes, promote energy development and examine environmental issues.  His research specifically focuses on (1) understanding how microorganisms turn coal to natural gas underground, (2)  developing and testing new DNA sampling and analytical equipment, and (3) investigating the prevalence of microorganisms, pathogens and invasive species in different ecosystems.