Wil Leavitt

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor of Earth Science

  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemistry

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. Geology & Geophysics, Univ. Utah

Microbes are central players in cycling of matter and energy on Earth and have been since the origin of life. Microbial cells, enzymes and reactive intermediates drive the biogeochemical cycles on our planet by supporting the establishment and persistence of chemical gradients, reaction networks and ecosystems. My group works to understand  the fundamental microbiological and environmental controls that drive Earths' biogeochemical cycles. Using observations from stable isotope geochemistry, biochemistry and microbial physiology we work to constrain fluxes and transformation rates within a subset of elemental cycles central to life on Earth (C, H, O, N, S, P).

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Fairchild, Room 201
HB 6105


Earth Sciences


  • Ph.D. Earth & Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2014
  • A.M. Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 2009
  • B.A. Natural Science, Hampshire College, 2006
  • Fossett Fellow, Washington University St. Louis 2014-2016
  • Marine Biological Laboratory, Microbial Diversity, 2008

Selected Publications

Public Lectures & Fun field trips