Michelle Hauer is a Ph.D. candidate and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in Dr. Roxanne Beinart’s lab. Generally speaking, she is interested in symbiosis and cooperation in nature. Her dissertation thesis focuses on the population genomics of both free-living and host-associated deep-sea hydrothermal vent microbial symbionts as well as the influence of viruses on host-symbiont dynamics. She is also interested art, and the meeting of art and science.