Ph.D. in Geological and Planetary Sciences, Geobiology, from the California Institute of Technology
Joined the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate in 2013
I am interested in the chemical reactions microbes catalyze, and how these conversions affect the chemistry and climate of our planet. My specific interests include microbial metabolisms (particularly nitrogen fixation, anaerobic methane oxidation, methanogenesis, sulfate reduction, and ammonia oxidation), biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen, marine microbial ecology (including methane seeps and hydrothermal vents), microbial symbiosis, the distribution and metabolic flexibility of the Archaea, microbe-mineral interactions, stable isotope probing, and developing techniques to investigate microbial activity within complex environments.
Anne Dekas is a Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellow at LLNL in the Chemical Sciences Division. She completed her Ph.D. in the laboratory of Victoria Orphan at the California Institute of Technology in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (2012). She obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the Earth and Planetary Science Department at Harvard University, with a specialty in biogeochemistry (2004). Originally interested in space sciences, Anne has performed research at three NASA centers (Goddard Space Flight Center, summer 2002; Ames Research Center, summer 2003; and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2005-2006) and continues to be interested in Astrobiology and studying life in extreme environments.