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Dr. Olivia Mason

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Oregon State University, 2008
Biological Oceanography
Phone: (850) 645-1725
Office: OSB307

From metagenomics and metatranscriptomics to single cell genomics, recent advances in next generation sequencing technologies and molecular techniques have revolutionized the field of microbiology. Problems that seemed intractable are now within our capabilities of addressing.

Taking advantage of these novel, cutting-edge molecular techniques, the Mason Lab is interested in understanding how microbial communities respond to perturbations in the environment, such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and in understanding the impact of this response in terms of biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem function.



Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, Oregon State University, 2008
Minor: IGERT Subsurface Biosphere
Thesis Advisors: Drs. Stephen Giovannoni & Martin Fisk
Doctoral Dissertation: Prokaryotes associated with marine crust

M.S., Environmental Science and Resources, Portland State University, 2003
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Anna-Louise Reysenbach
Master's thesis: Microbial diversity of two extreme environments: a terrestrial hot spring in Yellowstone National Park and in the highly alkaline gut lumen of caterpillars from the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica

B.S., Natural Resource Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1997
Minors: Anthropology, Environmental Science, and Wildlife and Fisheries