Alexandru I. Petrisor, PhD, Research Associate
Laboratory of Microbial Interactions
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
Abstract. While previous work has been focused on perfecting an approach to transform confocal images into numbers using GIS, this new research uses the same toolset to analyze distributions and relationships of sulfate-reducing bacteria, cyanobacteria and other groups, and also the spatial orientation of cyanobacteria. The results provide a better understanding of complex interactions between bacterial groups and geomicrobiological mechanisms involved in the process of stromatolite formation.