Dr. Lauren Seyler is an assistant professor of microbiology in the School of Natural Sciences Biology Program at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ, and an affiliate research scientist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. She received a B.A. in Biology from Rutgers University in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Rutgers University in 2015. She held a postdoctoral research position at Michigan State University, in which she developed a metabolomics approach to characterize dissolved organic carbon pools in serpentinite-hosted aquifers, and at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she used metagenomics and metatranscriptomics to determine how microbes cycle carbon and other nutrients in ocean crustal fluids. Dr. Seyler’s current research describes microbial activity and biogeochemical cycling in a variety of environments- including bog iron seeps, estuarine/marine sediment, and serpentinite-hosted aquifers- using DNA and RNA sequencing, metabolomics, laboratory culturing, and stable isotope probing techniques.