October 2, 2014

Angus Angermeyer

Student Profile – Angus Angermeyer

Angus Angermeyer is a graduate student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department. His work with Julie Huber at the MBL focuses on the exploration of microbial diversity in deep-sea hydrothermal vents. By studying the extent and composition of microbial assemblages in this system he hopes to gain insight into the process that drove early evolution on earth and, possibly, other planets.

Hometown: Seattle, Wa
Undergraduate: Evergreen State College/University of Washington
Graduate: EEB-MBL Joint Program

What made you choose the Brown/MBL program?
At the University of Washington I studied the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its effects on people with Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a genetic disorder that allows for the establishment of chronic bacterial infections in the normally sterile lungs. My interests necessarily expanded from medical microbiology to looking at infections as primarily a problem in microbial ecology. Whether studying lung infections, hydrothermal vents or any other long-term microbial community, I believe there exist some universal ecological and evolutionary principles that affect microbial diversity. I chose the EEB-MBL program specifically for its expertise in microbial ecology and its depth of knowledge in the principles of ecology and evolutionary theory.

What are you studying?
My research encompasses three primary avenues:

    1. Using next generation sequencing to explore the extent of microbial diversity in hydrothermal vents.
    2. Understanding vent communities as a function of their composition and structure.
    3. Culturing novel ‘unculturable’ microbial species in vitro.

What do you hope to do after completing your graduate work?
Research, teach, learn, go sailing.