Dr. Justyna Hampel
I am a broadly trained microbial ecologist/biogeochemist; my research combines geochemistry and environmental microbiology to answer questions on a large-scale ecosystem level. I aim to determine the environmental drivers of microbial community structure and activity and my research, pairing geochemical rate measurements with functional gene abundance, offers unique opportunity to couple microbial transformations with ecosystem functions.
My PhD dissertation with Dr. Silvia Newell (Newell Lab) focused on nitrogen cycling in aquatic systems affected by harmful algal blooms. The projects included: measuring nitrification and ammonium dynamics, and investigating nitrifier community structure in Lakes Taihu (China), Okeechobee (Florida), and Sandusky Bay (Lake Erie). I also investigated the effects of Hurricane Irma on the ammonia oxidizer community composition and Microcystis in Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie Estuary (Florida).
I did postdoctoral research with Dr. Leila Hamdan (Hamdan Lab) at University of Southern Mississippi. My postdoc project focused on exploration of shipwrecks as built environment influencing deep ocean sediment microbiomes in the Gulf of Mexico (funded by NOAA's Ocean Exploration and Research Program).
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Stockholm University and SciLifeLab working with Dr. Sarahi Garcia (MIINT Lab). I am investigating microbial interactions and carbon and nitrogen cycling between cyanobacteria (Microcystis) and associated heterotrophic partners.