My research focuses on understanding microbial impact on ecosystem function. At Mission Aransas NERR, I will be studying carbon cycling in a wetland mangrove ecosystem over a seasonal and diurnal time scale. By dividing the ecosystem into two components, geochemical cycles and associated microbial communities, I will be able to determine how the two influence each other. I am also working on high-throughput cell culturing cells from the sediment using a

single cell sorter.I n my free time, I love traveling, spending time at the be

beach, and playing water polo.

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Megan Mullis, Ph.D. student

B.S. Biology

University of Southern Mississippi

Morgan Sobol, M.S. student

B.S. Biology

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Rachel Woodworth, M.S. student

B.S. Environmental Science

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

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Former Reese Lab members

Undergraduate

Shalecia Sayles

Julie Rohl

Reavelyn Pray

Alexis Ybanez (University of Maryland Pharmacy School)

Gustavo Erick Cavahalo (Medical School)

Jordan Hoese (UT Southwestern Medical Center)

I am earning my degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Education and Outreach. I am currently developing educational resources on biogeochemical processes within mangrovesand their importance in the carbon cycle. Project consists of developing materials to use for K-12 and community outreach.

Some of my favorite activities include SCUBA diving and traveling. I enjoy visiting various

national and state parks. I am also fond of amusement parks and crafting.

I am interested in geomicrobiology, microbial interaction with organic matter, and how these interactions affect the amount and types of matter buried in sediments over long timescales. Currently, I am working on characterizing microbial communities and their activities in two systems - the Baltic Sea Basin and a small low-temperature hydrothermal outcrop, Dorado. I became a geomicrobiologist because I love the outdoors, and hike, bike, and run when I can tear myself away from my terminal. I like being lost in the desert. I also enjoy science in the kitchen, which results in  significantly larger error bars than typical science, but with [usually] more edible results.

Rachel Weisend, Ph.D. student

B.S. Biology 

Florida State University

I am interested in microbial interactions within marine sediment.

My research investigates antimicrobial production within deep subsurface sediment and coastal locations in order to better understand the microbial ecology.  I like to spend time with my cat, Oscar, my lab group, and my

friends. Working out and outdoor activities are my favorite hobbies. I am a movie fanatic as well. When I am not doing science, I am most likely watching a movie, talking about a movie, or trying to convince someone to watch

a movie.

My primary research interest is in life that lives in extreme environments, particularly in the

marine deep subsurface, and their role in biogeochemical cycles. My thesis focuses on fully characterizing two novel fungal isolates from South Pacific Gyre sediments by assessing utilization of different carbon, nitrogen and sulfur sources.

 

When I am not in the lab, I enjoy camping, hiking and spending time with my dogs.

Laura Zinke, Ph.D. candidate 

B.S. Biology

Texas A&M University-College Station

Brandi Kiel Reese, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology

Ph.D. Oceanography, Texas A&M University-College Station

M.S. Soil and Water Sciences, University of California-Riverside

B.S. Geology, minor in Chemistry, Southern Methodist University

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