Jo Hickman is a graduate student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Biological Oceanography. They graduated from Utah Valley University with degrees in bioinformatics, earth science, and philosophy. Past and current research projects include:
Jo works at the interface of microbial ecology, nutrient physiology,
bioinformatics, and experimental / field work in the Alexander Lab at
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In particular, they conduct
laboratory culture experiments on calcifying phytoplankter Emiliania
huxleyi and explore community ecology via metatranscriptomics,
including data from Bio-GO-SHIP. Jo
is excited about questions related to microbial diversity, acclimation
and adaptation in response to global change, and fungal distribution,
function and diversity in marine environments. These interests are
heightened when applied to conservation ecology and science policy.
Moreover, Jo is interested in science communication and promoting
computer and data science literacy.