Dr. Solange Duhamel is an aquatic microbiologist and biogeochemist, specializing in the abundance, diversity and activity of aquatic microbes in the ocean, as well as in lakes, rivers, wetland ecosystems, and extreme environments. Her work applies to both life in Earth aquatic ecosystems and the potential for life on other planets, Astrobiology.
Dr. Solange Duhamel, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department at the University of Arizona. She is also affiliated with Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. She and her team study the role of microorganisms as agents of biogeochemical transformations, and how microbes adapt to different environments and respond to stress. They are interested in the effects of climate as well as nutrient and energy availability on the distribution, growth and productivity of microplankton but also in the potential of life to adapt to extreme environments and the implications for astrobiology. They use experimental approaches to answer some of the most pressing questions in microbial ecophysiology and biogeochemistry. In particular, Duhamel develops and uses state-of-the-art techniques to study microbial processes at the taxonomic group and single cell levels. Her work has led to the publication of many peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.