Dr. Julie Huber
Associate Scientist with Tenure
Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #51
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543
- Marine microbiology, biogeochemistry & genomics
- Subseafloor biosphere
- Deep-sea hydrothermal vents & instrumentation
- Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in STEM
- L’Oréal USA Fellowship for Women In Science
- National Research Council Research Associateship Award
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Lab members with an *. A complete list is on ORCID
Fortunato, C.*, Butterfield, D.A., Larson, B., Lawrence-Slavas, N., Algar, C.*, Allen, L.Z., Holden, J., Proskurowski, G., Reddington, E.*, Stewart, L., Topçuoğlu, B., Vallino, J., and J.A. Huber. 2021. Seafloor incubation experiment with deep-sea hydrothermal vent fluid reveals effect of pressure and lag time on autotrophic microbial communities. 87(9):e00078-21. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00078-21.
Seyler, L.M*, Trembath-Reichert, E.*, Tully, B.J.* and J.A. Huber. 2020. Time-series transcriptomics from cold, oxic subseafloor crustal fluids reveals a motile, mixotrophic microbial community. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-020-00843-4. ISME Journal.
Moulana, A., Anderson, R.*, Fortunato, C.F.* and J.A. Huber. 2020. Selection is a significant driver of gene gain and loss in the pangenome of the bacterial genus Sulfurovum in geographically distinct deep-sea hydrothermal vents. mSystems. 5:e00673-19.
Orcutt, B.N., Bradley, J., Brazelton, W.J., Estes, E.R., Goordial, J.M., Huber, J.A., Jones, R.M., Mahmoudi, N., Marlow, J.J., Murdock, S. and M. Pachiadaki. 2020. Impacts of deep-sea mining on microbial ecosystem services. Limnology and Oceanography. https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11403
Galambos, D. Anderson, R.E.*, Reveillaud, J.*, and J.A. Huber. 2019. Genome-resolved metagenomics and metatranscriptomics reveal niche differentiation in functionally redundant microbial communities at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Environmental Microbiology. 21:4395-4410.
Trembath-Reichert, E., Butterfield, D.A. and J.A. Huber. 2019. Active subseafloor microbial communities from Mariana back-arc venting fluids share metabolic strategies across different thermal niches and taxa. ISME Journal. doi.org/10.1038/s41396-019-0431-y.
Stewart, L.C., Algar, C.K., Fortunato, C.S., Larson, B.I., Vallino, J.J., Huber, J.A., Butterfield, D.A., and J.F. Holden. 2019. Fluid geochemistry, local hydrology, and metabolic activity define methanogen community size and composition in deep-sea hydrothermal vents. ISME Journal. doi.org/10.1038/s41396-019-0382-3.
Huber, J.A. and C. Preston. 2018. Take to the high seas: microbiology labs below the ocean surface. Crystal Ball Article. Environmental Microbiology Reports. doi.org/10.1111/1758-2229.12714
Huber, J.A. 2018. Deep-sea life: Studying subseafloor microbes. iBiology. https://www.ibiology.org/speakers/julie-huber/
Walter, S.S., Jaekel, U., Osterholz, H, Fisher, A., Huber, J.A., Pearson, A. Dittmar, T, and P.R. Girguis. 2018. Decomposition of marine dissolved organic matter in cool oceanic crust. Nature Geosciences. 11:334–339.
Louca, S., Polz, M.F., Mazel, F., Albright, M.B.N, Huber, J.A., O’Connor, M.I., Ackermann, M., Hahn, A.S., Srivastava, D.S., Crowe, S.A., Doebeli, M., and L.W. Parfrey. 2018. Function and functional redundancy in microbial systems. Nature Ecology and Evolution. doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0519-1
Van Dover, C.L., Arnaud-Haond, S., Gianni, M., Helmreich, S. Huber, J.A., Jaeckel, A.L., Metaxas, A., Pendleton, L.H., Petersen, S., Ramirez-Llodra, E., Steinberg, P.E., Tunnicliffe, V., and Yamamoto, Y. 2018. Scientific rationale and international obligations for protection of active hydrothermal vent ecosystems from deep-sea mining. Marine Policy. 90:20–28.
Reveillaud, J., Anderson, R., Reves-Sohn, S., Cavanaugh, C., and J.A. Huber. 2018. Metagenomic investigation of vestimentiferan tubeworm endosymbionts from Mid-Cayman Rise reveals new insights into metabolism and diversity. Microbiome. 6:19
Fortunato, C.S., Larson, B.J., Butterfield, D.A., and J.A. Huber. 2018. Spatially distinct, temporally stable microbial populations mediate biogeochemical cycling at and below the seafloor in hydrothermal vent fluids. Environmental Microbiology. 20:769–784.
Tully, B., Wheat, C.G., Glazer, B., and J.A. Huber. 2018. A dynamic microbial community with high functional redundancy inhabits the cold, oxic subseafloor aquifer. ISME Journal. 12:1-16.
Anderson, R.E., Reveillaud, J.C., Reddington, E., Delmont, T., Eren, A.M., McDermott, J.M., Seewald, J.S., and J.A. Huber. 2017. Genomic variation in microbial populations inhabiting the marine subseafloor at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Nature Communications. 8:1114.
Meyer, J.L, Jaekel, U., Tully, B. Glazer, B.T., Wheat, C.G., H-T, Lin., C-C, Hsieh, Cowen, J.P., Hulme, S.M., Girguis, P.R., and J.A. Huber. 2016. A distinct and active bacterial community in cold oxygenated fluids circulating beneath Mid-Atlantic seafloor. Scientific Reports. 6:22541.
Fortunato, C.F. and J.A. Huber. 2016. Coupled RNA-SIP and metatranscriptomics of active chemolithoautotrophic communities at a deep-sea hydrothermal vent. ISME Journal. 10:1925-1938.
Reveillaud, J., Reddington, E., McDermott, J., Meyer, J.L., Algar, C., Sylva, S., Seewald, J., German, C.G., and J.A. Huber. 2016. Subseafloor microbial communities in hydrogen-rich vent fluids from hydrothermal systems along the Mid-Cayman Rise. Environmental Microbiology. 8:1970–1987.
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Ph.D.: Biological Oceanography and Certificate in Astrobiology. 2004. University of Washington.
B.S.: Marine Science. 1998. Eckerd College
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 life on Earth in one of its least explored corners, the subseafloor habitat beneath the ocean floor. Her work is universal for understanding the impact of microbial life on both human and planetary health on Earth and beyond.
News and Updates
April 2021: Julie, former postdoc Elizabeth, former undergrads Patrick & Marc, and colleagues published a new paper about carbon cycling deep beneath the seafloor in cool basaltic fluids. Read the press release here.
Feb 2021: Julie gave a short talk for the UN Ocean Decade, NAS Ocean Shot launch meeting about the ocean crustal biosphere. Fast forward to 16 minutes to watch it here!
Feb 2021: We are super excited to welcome Dr. Bayleigh Benner to the lab! Bayleigh comes to us from Univ. Wisconsin and is an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in RNA viruses! Welcome!
Jan 2021: We published a new paper describing our first metatranscriptomic study of the microbial communities in the low biomass, cold, oxic crustal aquifer. They are metabolically flexible & on the move!
Oct 2020: As part of MassSTEM Week, Julie & Gretta hosted an online event informational session about our community college internship program. You can watch the slideshow here & learn more about our efforts to bring community college students to WHOI here.
Sept 2020: Julie participated in the WHOI Ocean Encounters event on September 16 "Oceans Beyond Earth: From Earth's deep ocean to the search for extraterrestrial life" with Julie and colleagues (and a comedian!). Watch the recorded event here.
July 2020: We have opened the lab at 30% capacity. Wear those masks!
July 2020: The lab is still closed, and we said good-bye to postdoc Ashley Bulseco! She is joining the faculty at Eckerd College. We will miss her.
June 2020: We welcome Sabrina Elkassas to the lab! She is a new JP MIT-WHOI graduate student in Chemical Oceanography.
June 2020: Julie gave a virtual talk about Life on the Seafloor & Ocean Worlds for the NASA NOW network. Watch it here.
May 2020: The lab is still closed, and we said good-bye to postdoc Lauren Seyler! She is joining the faculty at Stockton U. We will miss her.
April 2020: The lab is still closed. Former postdocs Rika and Caroline, together with undergraduate Alief from Carleton College and Julie, published their work about the pangenome of subseafloor microbes in venting fluids. Read it here!
March 2020: Due to COVID-19, the lab at WHOI shutdown in mid-March.
Jan 2020: Julie is a co-author on a new publication that reviews the potential impacts of deep-sea mining on microbial ecosystem services. You can read the press release or go straight to the paper here.
Nov 2019: Julie joined Bill Nye and Corey Powell to talk all things Ocean Worlds on the Science Rules! Podcast, including how life works in the deep sea and the prospects for life beyond. Listen here.
Oct 2019: Former postdoc Rika and her student David from Carleton College, together with Julie, published their work about subseafloor microbes in venting fluids from the Mid-Cayman Rise. Read it here!
Aug 2019: Julie was interviewed for this feature on how the deep sea could "unlock" exploring outer space, published in the Christian Science Monitor.
Aug 2019: Cape Cod Community College intern Patrick Carter and Julie were highlighted in this short feature about working in the lab at WHOI.
May-June 2019: Postdocs Amy Smith and Sarah Hu are off to sea while Julie runs operations from the Inner Space Center at URI as part of our NASA SUBSEA project! Watch live ROV dives at Gorda Ridge at Nautilus Live through June 8.
May 2019: Postdoc Elizabeth published on our work about subseafloor microbes in venting fluids from the Mariana Back-Arc, some of the deepest vents in the Pacific Ocean. Read it here! and check out the cruise blog from Schmidt Ocean Institute.
February 2019: Julie and colleagues published a manuscript on how chemistry and hydrology shape methanogenic communities at Axial Seamount. Read it here.
December 2018: Julie was quoted in this fun radio story about subsurface life on KQED.
November 2018: Julie and Chris Preston from MBARI published this opinion piece about bringing science to the seafloor through innovative technology.
November 2018: Julie will be joining StarTalk on November 14 at Beacon Theater in NYC with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ellie Kemper, and other guests.
November 2018: Postdoc Sarah published a review paper about protist diversity with her PhD advisor Dave Caron. Read it here.
October 2018: Learn more about the "below-ground biome" as featured in this article in The Scientist magazine.
October 2018: Julie joined colleagues Bob Ballard, Kevin Hand, and Chris German at National Geographic for an evening talk and panel on Exploring Ocean Worlds. Check out some pictures from the event here.
September 2018: Julie was featured in a Podcast for the AirSpace Museum about Ocean Worlds. You can listen here!
September 2018: Julie was featured in the Boston Globe about the lab's cruise to to Lōʻihi Seamount. You can read more here!
August 2018: Julie was on NPR's Science Friday to talk about the lab's cruise to Lōʻihi Seamount. You can listen here!
July 2018: The lab is busy getting ready to head to sea! We will be joining a NASA, NOAA, and OET supported mission to the underwater volcano Lōʻihi Seamount. Learn more here!
June 2018: We are excited to welcome our undergraduate interns from Cape Cod Community College. Learn more about this local internship program here!
March 2018: New publication arguing that all active hydrothermal vents should be protected from deep-sea mining. Read it here!
Feb 2018: Congrats to postdoc Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert for receiving the National Academy of Sciences Cozzarelli Prize for her recent publication in PNAS about deeply buried life beneath the seafloor.