Amaral Zettler Lab

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"Study nature and books"

Research in the Amaral Zettler laboratory explores patterns of microbial diversity and adaptation in extreme and marine environments. Current research objectives include understanding the environmental factors that help shape microbial community structure at the three-domain level and below. One of my long-term field sites focusing on Astrobiology research includes the acidic, heavy-metal laden Río Tinto (southwestern Spain)- a terrestrial analog for Mars. My NSF Biodiversity Survey and Inventories project called MIRADA LTERs also explores three-domain diversity, but at a much larger scale in a biogeographic study that involves Microbial Inventory Research Across 13 Diverse Aquatic LTER sites.

Linda Amaral Zetter
Associate Scientist

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Linda Amaral-Zettler is an Associate Scientist at the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution at the MBL in Woods Hole and an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology at Brown University. Amaral-Zettler’s research investigates the relationships between microbes and the mechanisms that determine their diversity, distribution, survival and impact on local and global processes.

Research Areas

Woods Hole Center for Oceans & Human Health





Emerging Pathogens


Polar Research

Current Lab Members

Victor Schmidt
MBL/Brown Graduate Student
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Leslie Murphy
Research Assistant III
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Nicholas Dragone
Visiting Scientist - Sea Education Association

Nora Richter
MBL/Brown Graduate Student

Helena McMonagle
Undergraduate Student - Wellesley College