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, and local wetlands.

At Boston College I teach the foundational Ecology and Evolution course, as well as upper-level courses related to microbial ecology, and deep sea biology.

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