Biology graduate student Sean McAllister’s master’s thesis was featured on the cover of the August 2011 edition of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, published by the American Society for Microbiology.
McAllister worked with Biology Professor Craig Moyer and others to study communities of microbial, iron-oxidizing bacteria that survive near hydrothermal vents at the very bottom of the ocean. With colleagues from Western, Oregon Health & Science University and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, McAllister studied the worldwide distribution – the biogeography -- of these little-known Zetaproteobacteria. He examined the genetics of the bacteria gathered at the Loihi Seamount in Hawaii and compared them to samples taken from the Southern Mariana Trough and the Tonga Arc.
McAllister completed his master’s degree in Biology in 2011 and is now working toward a doctoral degree in biological oceanography at the University of Delaware.