Betsey Dexter Dyer

Betsey Dexter Dyer is a professor of biology at Wheaton College in Norton Massachusetts. She earned her PhD at Boston University in the lab of Lynn Margulis, and is the author of A Field Guide to Bacteria (Cornell Press) and a lecturer for the audiobook Unseen Diversity: The World of Bacteria (Modern Scholar).

Her research area is microbial evolution, which she approaches as a generalist and naturalist. Among her favorite microbes are the charismatic, mega-microbes of termite hindguts.  Betsey also has had many interdisciplinary collaborations including with a professor of religion on the topic of fermented foods (Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery) and a professor of computer science on DNA sequence analysis: Perl for Exploring DNA (Oxford Press).