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Bradley Tolar

Physical Science Research Scientist
I am an aquatic microbiologist is interested in figuring out how microorganisms respond to environmental change and whether that determines "who" we find in oceans, estuaries, rivers, and lakes. My work focuses on seasonal dynamics of marine archaea (Thaumarchaeota) in Monterey Bay and floodplains in the western US, their role in the nitrogen cycle, and how these same organisms respond to stress in the laboratory. In addition to my research, I am passionate about mentoring students and participating in outreach programs to bring science to people of all ages, and am committed to making science more accessible to the public. I also work toward making STEM more diverse, equitable, and inclusive through mentoring and organizing programs among trainees.


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Georgia, Microbiology (2014)
Bachelor of Science, Louisiana State University, Microbiology (2008)