Lauren Seyler

Assistant Professor of Biology

Phone:  609-626-3188
Office: USC–113




Ph.D., Oceanography, Rutgers University
B.A., Biological Sciences, Rutgers University


Microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, biological oceanography


 Microbiology for Health Science


The Dark Ecosystems, Energy, and Production laboratory at Stockton studies microbial ecology and biogeochemistry in the dark. I use a combination of cutting-edge molecular and biochemical tools to study how microbes make a living in a wide range of habitats, including deep salt marsh mud, the aphotic ocean, serpentinite-hosted aquifers, and (possibly) icy moons in our solar system. 



Seyler LM, Trembath-Reichert E, Tully BJ, and Huber JA. Time-series transcriptomics from cold, oxic subseafloor crustal fluids reveals a motile, mixotrophic microbial community. In Review at ISME J (bioRxiv preprint:

Seyler LM, Kujawinski E, Marlow J, Lee M, Perl SM, Azua-Bustos A, and Cleaves HJ. (2020) Metabolomics as an emerging tool in the search for astrobiologically-relevant biomarkers. Astrobiol 20(12). doi: 10.1089/ast.2019.2135

Seyler LM, Brazelton WL, McLean C, Putman LI, McCollum T, Hoehler T, Kubo MDY, Cardace D, and Schrenk MO. (2020) Carbon assimilation strategies in ultrabasic groundwater: Clues from the integrated study of a serpentinization-influenced aquifer. mSystems 5(2):e00607-19. doi:10.1128/mSystems.00607-19 (bioRxiv preprint:

Seyler LM, Tuorto SJ, McGuinness LR, Gong D, and Kerkhof LJ. (2019) Archaeal and bacterial-specific predation in the deep North Atlantic. Front Mar Sci 6:55. doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00555

Seyler LM, McGuinness LR, Gilbert JA, Biddle JF, Gong D, Kerkhof LJ. (2018) Discerning autotrophy, mixotrophy, and heterotrophy in marine TACK archaea from the North Atlantic. FEMS Microbiol 94(3):fiy014. doi:10.1093/femsec/fiy014

Thompson LR, Sanders JG, McDonald D… and the Earth Microbiome Project Consortium. (2017) A communal catalogue reveals Earth’s multiscale microbial diversity. Nature 551(7681):457-463. doi:10.1038/nature24621

Seyler LM, McGuinness LM, Kerkhof LJ. (2014) Crenarchaeal heterotrophy in salt marsh sediments. ISME J 8:1534-1543. doi:10.1038/ismej.2014.15