Associate Director, Josephine Bay Paul Center
Marine Biological Laboratory
Dr. Julie Huber’s research addresses questions that are central to the nature and extent of life on Earth in one of its least explored corners, the deep ocean. She investigates subseafloor microbial ecosystems in oceanic crust to resolve the extent, function, evolutionary dynamics, and biogeochemical impact of the deep marine biosphere. I strive to unravel the mystery of what microbes live in subseafloor environments, how they harness energy from the fluids and rocks that surround them, their evolutionary trajectories, and how they contribute to marine biogeochemical cycles. Julie received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2004 and came to the Marine Biological Laboratory in 2005 as a National Research Council NASA Astrobiology Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2007, she received the L’Oréal USA Fellowship for Women in Science and joined the faculty at MBL in the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution, where she currently serves as Associate Director. She is also the Associate Director of the NSF Science and Technology Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), whose mission is to explore life beneath the seafloor and make transformative discoveries that advance science, benefit society, and inform and inspire the general public about discoveries in ocean sciences and related disciplines.