Dr. Maier's research interests lie in three focal areas:  

I.   Phytostabilization of Mine Tailings in Arid and Semi-Arid Environments:

      Plant-Soil-Microbe Interactions and Metal Speciation Dynamics (click here)

II.  Microbial Communities and Activities in Oligotrophic Environments (Caves and Deserts)

III. Microbial Surfactants (Biosurfactants)- (click here)

Mine tailings site (Iron King, Arizona) Kartchner Caverns (Benson, Arizona) Atacama Desert (Chile) Rhamnolipid biosurfactant model