Heather in Glacier National Park

Heather Beal


I started with the "Digital Educational Resources in Microbial Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity" (DERMEED) project in the fall of 2004. As part of DERMEED, I catalog digital resources relating to microorganisms living in extreme environments, focusing specifically on the extremely heat-tolerant microbes called thermophiles.

My background is in geology and teaching secondary science. Teaching is where my true inspiration lies, and in addition to my work with DERMEED, I am an instructor for the Montana Outdoor Science School(MOSS). As the seasons change, I teach a variety of environmental science and natural history curriculum to students of all ages throughout Southwest Montana. I love playing and teaching in the outdoors in all seasons, but winter remains my absolute favorite time of year when I guide groups of students on winter ecology and cross-country skiing adventures at a local ski area.


B.S. Geology, Middlebury College, 2003
Secondary Science Teaching Degree, Middlebury College, 2003


West, D.P., Beal, H., Grover, T.W., 2003, Silurian deformation and metamorphism of Ordovician arc rocks of the Casco Bay Group, south-central Maine, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v.40, n.6, p.887-905.

Beal, H., Swanson, M., Bampton, M., 2003, Strain Analysis of Syntectonic Granite Instrustions Deformed by Norumbega Shearing, Casco Bay, Maine, Northeast Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Beal, H., West, D.P., 2002, A Petrologic and Microstructural Study of the Scarboro Formation (Casco Bay Sequence) in South-Central Maine, Northeast Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Springfield, Massachusetts.