Justine Albers joined Dr. Alyson Santoro’s research group at UC Santa Barbara as a technician after receiving her B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College in 2017. In the Santoro lab, she studies the genetic diversity of nitrogen-cycling microbes in the ocean. She also works as a research technician in Dr. Lizzy Wilbanks’s lab at UCSB, where she mentors an enthusiastic group of undergrads investigating the microbiome of giant kelp. Aboard the R/V Falkor, Justine will use stable-isotope probing to investigate the metabolic capacity of marine nitrifiers.