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Meytal B. Higgins - About Me

Organic Biogeochemistry and Metabolomics

Biography

I joined the Geosciences department in February 2012 as an Associate Research Scholar. My work combines approaches from organic geochemistry, stable isotope geochemistry, and systems biology to understand marine nutrient cycling and the biogeochemical and climatic control of primary production in the oceans. Previously I was a postdoctoral research associate at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton, where I used metabolomics techniques to study microbial nutrient biochemistry. As a postdoc, I also taught scientific writing to graduate students and postdocs in the sciences through the Princeton Writing Program. I completed a PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University in November 2009. My dissertation work focused on using nitrogen isotope analysis of chlorophyll degradation products to reconstruct marine nitrogen cycling during different events in Earth history.