Dr. Bruce Hungate was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a prestigious leadership group of the American Society for Microbiology. “As a fellow of the AAM, Hungate will be part of the scientific leadership that shapes our national and global endeavors to protect the health of our citizens and of our environment,” said Paul Keim, Cowden Endowed Chair in Microbiology at NAU. Keim said Hungate’s election to AAM is recognition of the global impact of his work and a great honor for NAU.
Hungate received inspiration to study microbiology from his grandfather, who helped him get his first summer job as a microbiologist. After receiving his Ph.D. in integrative biology from the University of California at Berkeley, Hungate worked on climate change projects at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., as well as on nitrogen management and agriculture projects in Mexico City. Hungate came to NAU nearly 20 years ago. His work focuses primarily on microbial ecology and its significance in understanding global environmental change.
Hungate has co-authored more than 150 publications. His research results have been published in leading scientific journals, including Science, Bioscience, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and Nature Climate Change.
Dr. Hungate was named a Regents’ Professor in 2016.