Riftia Podcast: Meet the Scientists

Meet Colleen Cavanaugh, who you heard featured on Riftia podcast. We asked her a few questions about her work and what she loves about science.

Colleen Cavanaugh

Where do you work?

Harvard University - Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; summers - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

What do you study?

Teaching and research on microbial diversity and symbiosis, lecturing (and preaching) to all about bacteria/archaea as the good guys (the vast majority) from biogeochemical cycles to human microbiome (vs "germs").

What are three titles you would give yourself?

Microbial ecologist, “gleek”, lovely wife and mom

What do you like to do when you are not working?

Hmmm....when you love what you do it's not work.  In addition- fun with family, aerobics, walks with elder pup, AI enthusiast.

What do you like most about science?

Discovery, intuitive leaps, learning something new (typically many things) every day.  Students!!

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