Confocal microscope images of cyanobacteria in stromatolites
John Stolz received his BS degree in biology from Fordham University in 1977. He earned his PhD from Boston University in 1984 in microbial ecology and evolution studying community structure in stratified microbial mats. He then took a position as an NRC Post doctoral fellow at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Visiting Faculty in the Department of Geology and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, where he studied magnetotatic bacteria and biomagnetism. This was followed by an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Plant Biology in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied photosynthesis in green bacteria. Joining the faculty at Duquesne University in 1990 he continued research on microbial community structure and began studies on anaerobic respiration. He received the Bayer School Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 1996 and 2008, and Excellence in Service in 2014. He received the Presidents Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 1997 and 2008, and Excellence in Service in 2014. He was appointed the Nobel J. Dick Endowed Chair for Community Outreach in 2015.