Associate Director, Associate Scientist, Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution
Associate Director, NSF Science and Technology Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations
Julie Huber, Ph.D., is a biological oceanographer by training. She is broadly interested in microbial ecology and understanding how microbial communities establish, function, and evolve in diverse ecosystems. Her research program investigates deep-sea microbial ecosystems, with an emphasis on the fluids issuing from the Earth’s crust that provide an access point to the rocky, subseafloor microbial habitat. Little is known about this under-explored and possibly ubiquitous microbial habitat, and how these microorganisms interact and influence the biogeochemistry of the oceans. Her research approaches include combining novel sampling and seafloor instrumentation at sea with next-generation sequencing, high temperature cultivation, stable isotope experimentation, and geochemical measurements to explore the interplay between fluids, rocks, and life beneath the seafloor.