Nick Dragone

Nick is a graduate student working for Dr. Noah Fierer in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. He is a microbial ecologist who specializes in the use of genetic sequencing techniques to study the ecology of microbial communities. More specifically, his research focuses on the genetic basis of adaptations that allow microorganisms (mainly bacteria and archaea) to live in environments with very limited nutrient pools and harsh environments conditions. Nick is currently working with samples from Antarctica, cave systems, and volcanically created hot springs, but has experience working in many other systems including the open ocean, tropical rainforests, and temperate lakes. He spent four years working for the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Sea Education Association, studying the effects of marine plastic trash on the oceans and developing nations.

Nick served as Graduate Student Mentor to Kyu Ro.