Huber Lab

Julie Huber
Associate Scientist

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Lab News

February 2017: Julie together with many colleagues published an article in Geochimica et Cosmochimica on microbial communities at Loihi Seamount "Evidence for microbial mediation of subseafloor nitrogen redox processes at Loihi Seamount, Hawaii."

January 2017: Listen to a Podcast from the Microbiology Society with Julie about her work in the deep sea here "Microbes in the Deep Ocean."

December 2016: Read more about Julie's work aboard the R/V Falkor along the Mariana Back-Arc with Schmidt Ocean Institute here "Mighty Microbes of the Deep Ocean."

December 2016: Julie Huber participated in a cruise to the Mariana Back-Arc with Schmidt Ocean Institute, including support from NOAA Ocean Explorer. The cruise blog is archived here "Searching for Life in the Mariana Back-Arc."

September 2016: Former Postdoc Nuria Fernandez Gonzalez together with Julie Huber and Joe Vallino published an article in mSystems on microbial communities in methane-driven chemostats "Microbial Communities Are Well Adapted to Disturbances in Energy Input."

May 2016: "Small Things Considered" from ASM highlighted an article from the lab on microbes in eruptive fluids . Find the blog here "Who Feasts on Volcanic Fluids? ."

March 2016: Former Postdoc Julie Meyer together with Julie Huber and many other colleagues published an article in Scientific Reports on subseafloor microbes in cold oxygenated crustal fluids "A distinct and active bacterial community in cold oxygenated fluids circulating beneath the western flank of the Mid-Atlantic ridge."

February 2016: Postdoc Caroline Fortunato and Julie Huber, published an article in The ISME Journal on subseafloor microbes at Axial Seamount "Coupled RNA-SIP and metatranscriptomics of active chemolithoautotrophic communities at a deep-sea hydrothermal vent."

January 2016: Former Postdocs Julie Reveillaud, Julie Meyer, and Chris Algar, together with Emily Reddington and Julie Huber, published an article in Environmental Microbiology on subseafloor microbes at the worlds deepest hydrothermal vents "Subseafloor microbial communities in hydrogen-rich vent fluids from hydrothermal systems along the Mid-Cayman Rise."

December 2015: Julie Huber gave a presentation at the University of Chicago last month to help celebrate its 125th Anniversary and Affiliates. Find the short talk here "Looking for Life in all the Weird Places."

December 2015: Watch a great video summarizing our 2015 cruise to Axial Seamount, together with our collaborators Bill Chadwick and Scott Nooner "Axial 2015 Video Summary."

November 2015: Julie Huber is interviewed on our local Cape Cod NPR station about life beneath the seafloor. Take a listen at "There's Life in Rocks Deep Below the Sea Floor. Seriously."

November 2015: Postdoc Caroline Fortunato published an article in PLoS One from her PhD working on microbes in the Columbia River Estuary "Microbial Gene Abundance and Expression Patterns across a River to Ocean Salinity Gradient."

October 2015: Julie Huber is featured in a local article from Cape Cod Wave

October 2015: Former Huber Postdoc Julie Meyer has been awarded the prestigious L'Oreal For Women In Science Fellowship. She is the second Julie from the lab to get one! Congratulations Julie! Read the press release here!

September 2015: Graduate student Angus Angermeyer published an article in Cell from his time at University of Washington working on microbes and cystic fibrosis "Regional Isolation Drives Bacterial Diversification within Cystic Fibrosis Lungs."

August 2015: Emily and Chris are headed to sea as part of our Moore Foundation Project! Follow the adventures from Axial Seamount at

July 2015: Julie published a Perspective in Science about subseafloor microbes "Making Methane Down Deep."

July 2015: Julie presented a talk about "Carbon Cycling Beneath the Seafloor" at the GRC AEM, Gordon Research Conference on Applied and Environmental Microbiology in South Hadley, MA.

July 2015: Postdoc Caroline Fortunato presented a talk about "A Metabolic Comparison of Chemolithoautotrophic Subseafloor Communities Across Different Geochemical Conditions Using 'Omics and RNA-SIP" at the GRC AEM, Gordon Research Seminar on Applied and Environmental Microbiology in South Hadley, MA.

May 2015: Julie presented a plenary talk about "(R)evolutionary) Crosstalk between Microbes and Planet Earth" at the American Society of Microbiology 2015 meeting in New Orleans, LA.

April 2015: Postdoc Rika Anderson joined the lab! Rika is an NASA Astrobiology Institute Postdoctoral Fellow and is interested in viruses and archaea.

April 2015: Julie presented a talk available on line focused on Microbes and Viruses at Axial Seamount for the NOVAE workshop in Seattle.

March 2015: Graduate Student Angus Angermeyer and Julie Huber publish a paper in Environmental Microbiology about decoupled distance-decay patterns between dsrA & 16S rRNA genes among salt marsh sulfate-reducing bacteria.

December 2015: Chris is off to start his own faculty position and lab in Chemical Oceanography! Check out his new lab! Chris' Website

September 24, 2014: Discovering the Deep Sea with Julie Huber and C-DEBI Take a look at the eye-popping, deep-sea exploration footage in this video about the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI). MBL Blog

August 7-20 2014: Julie, Chris, and Caroline are at sea for their Moore Foundation
project studying subseafloor life at Axial Seamount. Follow the cruise on twitter @JulesDeep, #SubseafloorLife

June 2014: Julie Huber: Explorer of Deep-Sea Microbial Life. First in a series of MBL scientists profiles by Geoff Wyman. Check out the YouTube video on the MBL Blog

March 2014: Former postdoc Julie Meyer and Julie Huber publish a paper in The ISME Journal about genomic variation in subseafloor isolates from an underwater volcano.

Jan 2014: Julie is featured in this story in the Boston Globe about the Schmidt Ocean Institute and her 2013 cruise aboard their ship R/V Falkor to Axial Seamount with support from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Jan 2014: New paper with Postdoc Chris Algar and Julie Huber in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about using genomic data in biogeochemical models.

Jan 2014: New paper with Postdoc Julie Reveillaud and Julie Huber in The ISME Journal about host-specificity in sponge symbionts. Read a press release about the paper here.

Jan 2014: Julie was named the new Associate Director of the NSF STC C-DEBI. Read about it here!

Lab Personnel

Angus Angermeyer
MBL/Brown Graduate Student
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Caroline Fortunato
Postdoctoral Scientist
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Former Lab Members:

Emily Reddington, Great Pond Foundation

Rika Anderson, Carleton College

Julie Reveillaud, INRA/CIRAD (France)

Chris Algar, Dalhouise University (Canada)

Nuria Fernandez-Gonzalez, University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

Nancy Akerman, EPA

Julie Meyer, University of Florida

Holly Cantin

Ouafae Rafie