Darcy McRose (she/her)
I am microbiologist and Earth scientist interested in understanding how microbes shape (and are shaped by) the Earth system in its broadest sense. Early on, someone told me that despite being tiny, microorganisms helped to control the cycling of carbon and other macronutrients at global scales. I was pretty well sold after that. After finishing my undergraduate degree in the Earth Systems program at Stanford, I spent several years working as a technician at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. I completed my PhD in the Geosciences department at Princeton where I focused on trace metal and secondary metabolite use by marine and terrestrial bacteria and a postdoc at Caltech centered on bacterial genetics and redox-active secondary metabolites. I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT.