My research focus is on understanding the ecology of microbes through examination of their genes and lifestyles. Bacteria are the most diverse organisms on earth and play a pivotal role in planetary cycling of nutrients and energy. Yet, we have a poor understanding of the factors that drive their diversity and dynamics in the environment. The lab's emphasis is on studying bacterial interactions with the environment at the appropriate temporal and spatial scale including the effect of temperature changes on bacterial populations and bacterial interactions with other organisms. Another area of active research is the response and adaptation of bacteria to emerging pollutants such as antibiotics and nanoparticles.
School DivisionMarine Science & Conservation Marine Lab
- Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2008)
- Multi-functional Plasmonics Nanoprobes for Cellular Sensing and Imaging awarded by Department of Energy
- Collaborative Research: Ocean Acidification: microbes as sentinels of adaptive responses to multiple stressors awarded by National Science Foundation
- Ecology at the microbial scale: the importance of microscale interactions awarded by Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation
- OCE-RIG: Biological activity on particulate organic material in the coastal ocean awarded by National Science Foundation
- Duke University Program in Environmental Health awarded by National Institutes of Health