About This Project


Microbiomes: Health and the Environment was created to provide accessible insight into the novel and complex world of polymicrobial community interactions. As we push forward into the future of medicine and environmental health, it is imperative that we learn from each other, from history, and keep up to date with the latest advances in research and technology. This book not only provides content from the latest microbiome studies, but contains interactive tools, videos, and thought-provoking questions to help the reader hone and truly understand the respective topic. Though there is much overlap between themes due to the ubiquitous nature of microbes, the book is broken down into sections pertaining to both human health (e.g., gut health and disease, as well as other organ-specific niches) and aspects of the environment (e.g., nutrient cycling and climate change, marine health, soil and plant health, etc.) influenced by microbes. However, the content is designed to bridge ideas and aspects between these themes to support the One Health concept: that the health of people, animals, and the environment are all interconnected. This project will continue to grow with new findings, and adapt with the ever-changing world of microorganisms.

Creation Process

This project was completed by thorough review of published literature from reputable resources and written in a style accessible to both experienced scholars and newcomers to the subject. Specific excerpts and articles are provided throughout the book to give the reader first-hand insight into microbiome research. Supporting content such as images and videos are also implemented to give the audience a well-rounded and multifaceted view into each topic. Interactive tools, quizzes, and critical thinking questions make each section entertaining and informative. A section with case studies and directions for original synthesis make information in the book applicable to real world situations.

About the Author

Dr. Dylan Parks is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Biology Department. As a microbiologist, he has worked in both academia and industry, serving as laboratory technician at a local brewery. His research interests include microbiomics, biomedical sciences, fermentation science, and microbial symbiotic interactions.


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