As an adult, Jonah is drawn to study extremophiles, microorganisms that flourish in intense climates.
“I was fascinated by the role of microorganisms in allowing life on Earth to exist,” she says.
microorganism mi·cro·or·gan·ism (mī'krō-ôr'gə-nĭz'əm)
An organism of microscopic or submicroscopic size, especially a bacterium or protozoan.
An organism that can be seen only with the aid of a microscope and that typically consists of only a single cell. Microorganisms include bacteria, protozoans, and certain algae and fungi. See Note at germ.