Andrew Thurber, Ph.D
Principal Investigator
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Andrew is an Associate Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and in the Department of Microbiology, College of Science at Oregon State University.  His research looks at the trophic linkages between microbes and metazoans in marine habitats and how that impacts ecosystem function, or how animals that eat bacteria can impact how the world works.  His research is focused on deep-sea and polar soft-sediment habitats as they both experience long periods of time with no photosynthetic production and create a model system to understand how communities are able persist in food poor environments.  In addition these habitats are not only the least known on the planet but they cover 63% of the globe.

Graduate Student:

Susie Cummings
PhD Student in Microbiology
2019- current

Lila Ardor Bellucci
PhD Student in Oceanography

Erica ‘Rickie’ Ewton
Accelerated Masters Student in Microbiology

Oregon State Undergraduate Students:

Bethany Whitten

Akshar Patel

Claire Andrade

Dylan Swift

Lab Alumni:

Sarah Seabrook Graduate Student Fall 2015 - current.

Sarah Seabrook
PhD Student in Oceanography
2015 – 2019.
Current Position: Postdoc at NIWA Wellington and University of Auckland, New Zealand

Katie McConnell Graduate Student Fall 2017 - Summer 2019.

Katie McConnell
MSc Student in Microbiology
Fall 2017 – Summer 2019.
Thesis title: Reef Microbiomes of Moo’rea, French Polynesia, a Socio-Ecological Island System.

Katie Darr MSc Student in Marine Resource Management
Fall 2017 – Spring 2019.
Thesis title: The deep sea and me: A design-based research study to advance public literacy of the deep sea using an exhibit at a public marine science center.

Laura Baker

Matthew Borchers
Undergraduate Student at Oregon State
Project: Edgyness in the Deep Biosphere

Grace D’Angelo
Undergraduate Student at Oregon State
Project: Edgyness in the Deep Biosphere

James Preston
OSU Undergraduate – 2016-2017
Project: Global Freezer Microbial Survey

Emma Armstrong
OSU Undergraduate – 2014-2015
Project: Antarctic Macrofauna Community Structure

Leyia Johnson
2015 Summer REU
Completed B.Sc. at University of Washington.

Tuesday Working in the lab during her REU

Tuesday Moats (now Simmons) 2014 Summer REU  Currently in Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley

Daisy Costillo 2013 & 2014 Summer REU University of Chicago - Fall 2015-current

Daisy Castillo
2013 & 2014 Summer REU
Currently in Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley

Nick Davies 2013 Summer REU Currently EMT in Seattle, WA

Nick Davies
2013 Summer REU
Currently EMT in Seattle, WA

Lab Affiliates:

Rory Welsh, Ph.D.

Rory collaborated with the A. Thurber lab while he was a graduate student in the Microbiology department at Oregon State University. His research focuses on an unusual group of predatory bacteria, Bacteriovorax, that prey exclusively on other gram negative bacteria. These unusual bacteria have a biphasic lifestyle which consist of an “attack-phase” fast free-living, highly motile predators (in 2004 they obtained the Guinness World Record for fast motile bacteria), and “growth-phase” the intercellular non-motile, replicative cells. Bacteriovorax doesn’t replicate in the environment without first killing and burrowing into another bacteria, which consist of a wide range of gram negative bacteria including many known pathogens. While in Antarctica his main research goal is to add a targeted metagenomics approach to the microbial ecology aspects of the Antarctica research project. Rory also plans to sample for previously undetected strains of the unique Bacteriovorax predators.  Read more about Rory’s research at his home lab’s site. He completed his Ph.D. in microbiology in December 2015.

Interested in Joining the lab?

I accept students for graduate work through both the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) and the Department of Microbiology, College of Science at Oregon State University.  If you are interested in joining the research group please read about both programs and contact me with your interest.

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