Environmental Microbiology (BISC 419L)

This course covers the roles of microorganisms- primarily bacteria, archaea, viruses and some protists- in natural systems, both pristine and contaminated. Material includes qualitative and quantitative appraisal of microbial biomass and activities; microbial communities and their development; molecular biological approaches to study natural systems; biogeochemical processes including major elemental cycles; microbial interactions; and effects of microorganisms on their surroundings and vice versa. Co-taught with Dr. Eric Webb.

Biological Oceanography (BISC 473L)

This course will cover the basics of biological, physical, and chemical dynamics in the oceans with a particular emphasis on life in different ocean environments. Specific topics include primary production of phytoplankton, secondary production by zooplankton, bacterial remineralization, physiology and ecology of fishes, and marine mammals. Co-taught with Dr. Naomi Levine.

Introductory Bioinformatics (BISC 588L)

Contemporary research in the biological sciences has capitalized on recent advances in computational methodologies to address novel questions relating to the ecology and evolution of life on this planet. To effectively contribute to this growing field, the next generation of biologists must have a solid foundation in both classical biology and bioinformatics. This hands-on course will introduce biologists with minimal to no prior command line experience to basic bioinformatics skills, software, and analysis pipelines. Co-taught with Dr. Carly Kenkel

Courses taught previously at LSU

Prokaryotic Diversity BIOL 4125
This course was meant to expand basic knowledge of microbes established in General Microbiology to help students appreciate the myriad forms, capabilities, and lifestyles of organisms in the Domains Bacteria and Archaea. We explored their evolutionary relationships on the tree of life, their lifestyle, metabolic, and genomic variations, and introduced methods for measuring microbial diversity. The course had a twitter handle and a hashtag (#BIOL4125) that you can follow for cool info on microbial diversity. As part of the coursework, students in BIOL4125 created Wikipedia entries for microorganisms that do not yet have representation there. The entries created by the course thus far are listed below. BIOL4125_syllabus_sp2018; Major_Assignments_Rubrics_sp2018

Microbial Bioinformatics Tools BIOL 4800/01 (Introductory Bioinformatics)
In modern biology, the need for competence in computational tools is becoming as ubiquitous as that for traditional techniques like PCR. This course provided basic training in navigating the command-line environment, utilizing common tools for genomics and ecology, submitting jobs to High Performance Computing clusters, and managing input and output files. Syllabus

Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) sections
In coordination with Bill Wischusen and Chris Gregg, Biology Coordinators, we have conducted CURE sections in freshman biology laboratory courses focused on high-throughput cultivation. Students learn theory from primary literature, conduct real experiments to cultivate and characterize microorganisms from marine sources in the Gulf of Mexico using modified HTC protocols, and learn DNA extraction, PCR, and basic BLAST to identify their isolates. This course can also be followed on Twitter under #LSUCure. Check out our submitted manuscript detailing the curriculum entitled  The CURE for Cultivating Fastidious Microbes.


Be sure to check out MicroSeminar, a set of free online microbiology seminars occurring each month, where Cameron is a co-host with Lizzy Wilbanks and David Baltrus (and formerly Jennifer Biddle).

The Thrash Lab participated in OAR Northwest‘s Adventure: Mississippi River 2014, performing microbial community analysis of samples collected along the length of the Mississippi River, and providing scientific background for their educational program.

LSU BIOL4125 Wikipedia pages

Azotobacter salinestris 2016
Bacillus safensis 2014
Bordetella trematum 2014
Borrelia mayonii 2017
Congregibacter litoralis 2015
Dehalogenimonas lykanthroporepellens 2014
Deinococcus ficus 2015
Deinococcus frigens 2018
Deinococcus marmoris 2018
Desulfobulbus propionicus 2016
Ehrlichia ewingii 2017
Eleftheria terrae 2015
Haladaptatus paucihalophilus 2016
Halobacterium noricense 2018
Halomonas meridiana 2017
Halostagnicola larsenii 2015
Haloterrigena turkmenica 2017
Helicobacter typhlonius 2018
Hydrogenobacter thermophilus 2015
Lactobacillus mucosae 2014
Lactobacillus paracasei 2014
Lactobacillus pontis 2014
Legionella cherrii 2015
Legionella clemsonensis 2017
Legionella jordanis 2015
Leptospira noguchii 2016
Lysinibacillus fusiformis 2014
Macromonas bipunctata 2016
Metallosphaera hakonensis 2018
Methanocaldococcus sp. FS406-22 2016
Methanohalophilus mahii 2017
Mycobacterium elephantis 2016
Mycoplasma alligatoris 2017
Mycoplasma orale 2017
Nitrospira moscoviensis 2016
Oleispira antarctica 2017
Parachlamydia acanthamoebae 2015
Persephonella marina 2017
Propionigenium modestum 2017
Propionispira raffinosivorans 2018
Rathayibacter toxicus 2018
Scalindua wagneri 2015
Streptobacillus moniliformis 2015
Streptomyces antibioticus 2017
Sulcia muelleri 2015
Sulfolobus metallicus 2015
Syntrophococcus sucromutans 2015
Thermococcus celer 2015
Thermoplasma volcanium 2016
Thermotoga elfii 2016
Thermotoga naphthophila 2017
Treponema socranskii 2016
Trichodesmium thiebautii 2017
Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus 2015
Xenophilus azovorans 2018