Nastassia V. Patin, Ph.D.
I am a marine microbial ecologist studying how microbes in the ocean interact with each other and with their environment. Microbes (bacteria and archaea) are a vital component of every biome on Earth, and we have only recently begun to understand how they shape ecosystems through nutrient cycling and chemical interactions. My doctoral work at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California, San Diego) focused on the ecology of marine sediment bacteria that naturally produce bioactive compounds like antibiotics. I am now a postdoctoral researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I study microbial communities of marine water columns, aquarium systems, and invertebrates. For this work, I use DNA and RNA sequence data to understand microbial genetic potential and biochemical activity. Understanding how microbes interact and compete in the context of their environment has broad implications for processes like nutrient cycling, antibiotic resistance, and environmental health and resilience.
Field work in the Bahamas, 2013.
Although I now live far from the ocean, I get my aquatic fix by paddling around Georgia lakes and occasional trips to the beach. I also enjoy riding my bicycle, cooking, playing the piano, and participating in local politics.