Dana Hunt

Marine Science and Conservation

Associate Professor of Microbial Ecology

Dana Hunt Profile Photo
Dana Hunt Profile Photo

Bio

My research focus is on understanding the ecology of microbes through examination of their genes and lifestyles. Bacteria are the most diverse organisms on earth and play a pivotal role in planetary cycling of nutrients and energy. Yet, we have a poor understanding of the factors that drive their diversity and dynamics in the environment. The lab's emphasis is on studying bacterial interactions with the environment at the appropriate temporal and spatial scale including the effect of temperature changes on bacterial populations and bacterial interactions with other organisms. Another area of active research is the response and adaptation of bacteria to emerging pollutants such as antibiotics and nanoparticles.

Education

  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008

Positions

  • Associate Professor of Microbial Ecology
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Courses Taught

  • BIOLOGY 308A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • BIOLOGY 309A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • BIOLOGY 319A: Coastal Watershed Management and Restoration
  • BIOLOGY 841: Ecological Perspectives: Evolution to Ecosystems
  • ENVIRON 308A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • ENVIRON 309A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • ENVIRON 321A: Coastal Watershed Management and Restoration
  • ENVIRON 393A: Research Independent Study
  • ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects
  • ENVIRON 729A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • ENVIRON 822A: Coastal Watershed Management and Restoration
  • ENVIRON 841: Ecological Perspectives: Evolution to Ecosystems
  • EVANTH 741: Ecological Perspectives: Evolution to Ecosystems
  • GLHLTH 308A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • GLHLTH 309A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • MARSCI 308A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • MARSCI 309A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • MARSCI 321A: Coastal Watershed Management and Restoration
  • MARSCI 393A: Research Independent Study
  • UPE 701: Ecological Perspectives: Evolution to Ecosystems