Assistant Professor of the Practice
We live on a microbial planet, and the roles that microbes play in everything from global biogeochemical cycles to human health are only just beginning to be understood. I am interested in how the inorganic world influences microbial community composition, structure and function; and simultaneously, what impact does chemosynthetic microbial activity have on the surrounding environment and other microbial communities? Using tools such as high throughput genetic sequencing, co-registered chemical measurements, metabolic rate measurements, microscopy, colonization samplers, and laboratory experiments, I work towards a better understanding of these questions in deep sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems. I hope to begin working in other chemically reducing habitats (such as salt marshes) closer to home in the near future.
I teach the foundational Ecology and Evolution course, and am developing upper-level courses related to ecology, microbial ecology, and marine biology as well as advanced experience labs where students will gain research experience in these fields.