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Julie Huber

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

SUBSEA Research Objectives

My research objectives focus on the microbial communities living beneath the seafloor at submarine volcanoes. My team will determine the standing stock of microbial biomass, metabolic capability of microbial communities, and potential activity for targeted metabolic groups in venting fluid.

Julie is an oceanographer by training and is broadly interested in how basic earth processes- rocks forming, fluids moving, sediments accumulating- interact to create and maintain life in the oceans. Her research addresses some of the most central questions about the nature and extent of microbial life on Earth in one of its least explored corners, the subseafloor habitat beneath the ocean floor. Julie received her B.S in Marine Science from Eckerd College in 1998 and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2004. In 2007, she received the L’Oréal USA Fellowship for Women in Science. Beyond her duties as an Associate Scientist in Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Julie also serves as 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. You can find her on twitter @julesdeep.


Julie participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions:

Selected Publications


Hu, S. K., Herrera, E. L., Smith, A. R., Pachiadaki, M. G., Edgcomb, V. P., Sylva, S. P., Chan, E. W., Seewald, J. S., German, C. R., & Huber, J. A. (2021). Protistan grazing impacts microbial communities and carbon cycling at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (29): e2102674118.