Anne grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. For her bachelors degree, she attended Austin College, a liberal arts college named located in Sherman, Texas (north of Dallas). It was at Austin College where she had her first research project in microbiology and she has been hooked since.
At Austin College, Anne majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. For her PhD in Microbiology, Anne attended The Ohio State University and studied bacteria that grow in hydraulically fractured wells (aka fracking wells used to extract natural gas from the subsurface). Her PhD project explored how bacteria survive in deep subsurface fracking wells and if these bacteria had a positive or negative affect on the natural gas extraction process.
Anen received her PhD in December 2018 and moved to Maine to train with Dr. Beth Orcutt at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. At Bigelow, Anne is working on another deep subsurface environment, the ocean crust, where she is calculating the rate of activity of microorganisms living in the ocean crust. This will help us understand how life in the ocean crust influences nutrient cycling or the food web in the ocean (i.e. do microbes in the ocean crust have a large or small influence on ocean nutrient cycling). Since the ocean crust covers 70% of planet Earth, Anne and her colleagues think microbes in the ocean crust could have a large impact on nutrient cycling – but they need more data to support this.