Ferran Garcia-Pichel is the dean of natural sciences and a Professor in the School of Life Sciences. Professor Garcia-Pichel joined ASU in 2000. Garcia-Pichel received his Licenciatura con Grado in science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and his MS and PhD from the University of Oregon in microbiology. Prior to his position at ASU, he was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Germany. He is an ASU faculty exemplar, a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and an American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer. Garcia-Pichel speaks five languages and has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles in prestigious journals, including Science, Nature, PNAS, Journal of Biotechnology, Environmental Microbiology and Journal of Bacteriology. In addition to his appointment at ASU, he is an affiliated scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, and research associate with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Professor Garcia-Pichel’s research areas include studies on bacterial diversity, behavior adaptations and survival in extreme environments, and biological soil crusts and soil stabilization.