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Department of Biology

Heather Fullerton

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Rieke Science Center - Room 149
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  • Ph.D., Microbiology, Cornell University, 2012
  • B.S., Microbiology, University of Washington, 2005

Selected Articles

  • Fullerton, H. and C.L. Moyer. "Comparative Single-Cell Genomics of Chloroflexi from deep-sea sediments of the Okinawa Trough Biosphere." Applied and environmental microbiology Vol. 82.10, 2016: 3000-3008.
  • Fullerton, H., K. Hager and C.L. Moyer. "Draft Genome Sequence of Mariprofundus ferrooxydans Strain JV-1, Isolated from Loihi Seamount, Hawaii." Genome Announcements Vol. 3(5), 2015:
  • Fullerton, H., D. Freedman, L. Lehmicke and S.H. Zinder. "Isolation of an aerobic vinyl chloride oxidizer from anaerobic groundwater." Biodegredation Vol. 25(6), 2014: 893-901.
  • Fullerton, H., M. Crawford, A. Bakenne, D.L. Freedman and S.H. Zinder. "Anaerobic Oxidation of Ethene Coupled to Sulfate Reduction in Enrichment Cultures." Environmental Science & Technology Vol. 47(21), 2013: 12374-12381.


My research focuses on the diversity and ecology of microbes, specifically trying to answer “Who is there and what are they doing?”. Most recently I’ve focused on the ecology of microbes at hydrothermal vents. This means going to field sites and collecting microbial communities and analyzing their community structure and metabolic potential. I can then monitor patterns of biogeography of microbes that are found throughout the world’s oceans and know who is there, how are they interacting with their environment and ultimately answer the age old question in microbial ecology “Is everything everywhere?”