Michael Tice

Michael Tice

Research Scientist

Geobiology and sedimentary geology


  (979) 845-3138

  Halbouty 314


I am a geobiologist and astrobiologist who draws upon techniques from experimental microbiology, geochemistry, and sedimentary geology. My aims are to advance understanding of the linkages between the evolution of life and its environment and to reduce impacts of energy extraction on water resources. My specific research interests over the next 5-10 years are focused on the structuring and evolution of microbial ecosystems over deep time, the remote field geology and astrobiology of Mars, and the use of paleo-geobiological models to minimize water use and improve water recycling during production of unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Selected Publications

Z. Zeng and M.M. Tice, Promotion and nucleation of carbonate precipitation during microbial iron reduction, Geobiology, DOI: 10.1111/gbi.12090, 2014.

M.M. Tice, D.C.O. Thornton, M.C. Pope, T.D. Olszewski, and J. Gong, Archean microbial mat communities, Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 39, 297–319, 2011.

M.T. Hren, M.M. Tice, and C.P. Chamberlain, Oxygen and hydrogen isotope evidence for a temperate climate 3.42 billion years ago, Nature, 462, 205–208, 2009.

M.M. Tice, Environmental controls on photosynthetic microbial mat morphogenesis on a 3.42 Ga clastic-starved platform, Astrobiology, 9, 989–1000, 2009.

M.M. Tice and D.R. Lowe, Photosynthetic microbial mats in the 3,416-Myr-old ocean, Nature 431(7008), 549-552, 2004.


BS, Engineering & Applied Science, Caltech

MS, Geology, Duke

PhD, Geological & Environmental Science, Stanford


Montague CTE Scholar

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