Sherry L Seston
S.L. Seston is an Associate Professor of Biology at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI. Seston received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Center for Microbial Ecology with Dr. James Tiedje in 2001, and completed three years of postdoctoral work at Florida State University with Dr. Joel Kostka studying N and Fe cycling in marine environments. Dr. Seston continues to study how microbes control global nutrient cycles, exerting incredible power on a scale exactly opposing their tiny size. Seston's research combines these ideas, focusing on the ecology of anaerobic microbial communities that play key roles in global nutrient cycles. Currently research focuses specifically on oxygen minimum zones in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific. Other research interests include the impact of statistical and computational methods on the analysis of microbial community data, a current topic of concern as we rely on automated computational methods to analyze large biological datasets of various types (nucleic acids, proteins, and metabolites).