CC&E Welcomes NSF Graduate Research Fellow Sophie Jurgensen

May 24, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By: Christine Wendling

Sophie Jurgensen will begin matriculating at LSU CC&E this summer after having graduated from James Madison University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Foreign Languages. She is a recipient of the 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, which funds an individual's graduate school for three years.

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She will be working with Jennifer Brum, assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, to study viruses, viral infections of microbes, and their effects on biogeochemical cycling in seven globally-distributed oxygen minimum zones (OMZs), also known as Dead Zones.

 

“I was originally looking at microbiology, which is what my background is in, but I picked CC&E's Oceanography Ph.D. program because there's a lot of microbiology in the ocean and the ocean is the coolest environment on the planet. I have some background in bacteriophages, so Dr. Brum is a perfect fit for me to learn more about these amazing biochemical machines and also contribute to the field,” Jurgensen said.

 

Please welcome Sophie Jurgensen to the CC&E family!