Understanding how microbial oil is formed!
Stephen Larter, was born in the UK and is now a Canada Research Chair in Petroleum Geology at the University of Calgary. He will feature his recent findings from his research in Ottawa as part of the Bacon and Egghead lecture presentation series, on Thursday, May 3, 2012.
He conducts his research in one of the world’s largest laboratories — the Alberta oil sands. The immense deposit of microbial-altered petroleum is the hardest and most expensive to extract. Understanding how Alberta’s black gold is produced will enable efficient extraction of the best quality and economically recoverable oil.
Comprehending the function of microbial life down in the earth may also shed light on the nature of life in the deep, and show us how life may occur in sediments on other planets such as Mars.