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Exploring the “Green Machine”Dr. Erbe in the Classroom

While seniors at WLC, Adam Markham (’05) and Joanna Balza (’05) ventured into the “Green Machine,” a 9,000 square foot engineered wetland wastewater treatment system at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. They got their feet wet to study the nitrifying microorganisms involved in nutrient cycling. Using standard techniques in addition to DNA sequencing, Markham and Balza were able to select and identify specific microbes. The results of their work were presented at the 2005 general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

Read about their research:
Markham, A., Balza, J., Mellon, T. and Erbe, J.
“Initial Characterization of Nitrifying Microorganisms in an Engineered Wetland Wastewater Treatment System: An Active Learning Approach to the Nitrogen Cycle.” Read PDF