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Dr. Ashley Manning-Berg
Assistant Professor
Biology, Geology & Environmental Science
M.S. University of TN, Knoxville, Ph.D. Univeristy of TN, Knoxville
  218A Grote

Research Interests

My research involves using chemical sedimentary rocks to investigate the geochemical composition of Earth surface environments and the effects of early diagenesis in these systems. Most of my research has focused in the Precambrian, and the geochemical conditions of marginal marine environments and early Earth. Such geologic settings aid in our understanding of early life on Earth and provide analogs for potential extraterrestrial microbial life.



2019: Center of Excellence FY2020 Faculty Initiation and Career Opportunity: Modeling of microbial mat decay and implications for the early Earth rock record,



Manning-Berg, A.R., Wood, R.S., Williford, K.H., and Kah, L.C 2019. Taphonomic assessment of silicified Mesoproterozoic microbial mats (Special Issue of Geosciences).

Manning-Berg, A.R., Williford, K.H., and Kah, L.C. 2018. Evaluation of preliminary techniques used to assess taphonomic variation in silicified microbial mats preserved in the Angmaat Formation, northern Baffin Island, Nunavut Taphonomic assessment of silicified Mesoproterozoic microbial mats, in Summary of Activities 2018, Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office. P. 121-130.

Manning-Berg, A.R., and Kah, L.C. 2017. Proterozoic microbial mats and their constraints on environments of silicification. Geobiology. 2017; 00:1–15. doi: 10.1111/gbi.12238