Quote To Live By:Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway

Expertise:

  • Microbiology
  • Geochemistry
  • Environmental Policy
  • Bioremediation
  • Animal Agriculture
  • Teaching and Communication

  • Full Profile

    Laurel is staff scientist and microbiology graduate student focused on bioremediation of chlorinated solvents and microbial ecology. She is well versed in environmental policy, protection, and science communication. She has a diverse skillset that includes leadership, sales, teaching, and effective communication with the public and scientific experts.

    Education

    • Master of Science, Environmental Biology, Impacts of geochemistry on the microbial corrinoid pool in freshwater sediment, University of Tennessee, 2019
    • Bachelor of Science, Major-Animal Science, Minor-Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, 2015

    Certifications and Training

    • Trail maintenance with Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

    Key Experience

    Industry Experience

    University of Tennessee

    Graduate Research Assistant

    • Began new research project on nitrous oxide reduction in pristine rainforest soils at low pH
    • Expanded corrinoid pool research to additional locations
    • Additional work on anaerobic degradation of chlorinated industrial solvents

    University of Tennessee

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    • Taught weekly freshman level biology course on analysis of scientific literature
    • Assisted primary cellular biology lecturer with exams and grading
    • Designed quizzes, lecture materials, and chose scientific papers used for class

    UT Center for Environmental Biotechnology

    Research Specialist II

    • Assisted lab manager in daily organizational tasks
    • Learned anaerobic microbial culture techniques
    • Received training for lab instruments including gas, ion, and liquid chromatography

    Village Veterinary Hospital, Maryville, TN

    Veterinary Technician

    • Performed initial exams and collected patient history at small animal clinic
    • Conducted diagnostic lab work and prepared and administered medication
    • Educated clients about animal care and available health products and services

    Publications

    Seus, L. J. Yan, B. Simsir, F.E. Löffler. 2019. In preparation. Biogeochemistry shapes the microbial cobamide pool in hyporheic sediment.

    Academic Presentations

    Seus, L., J. Yan, S.R. Campagna, and F.E. Löffler. 2018. Resolving the interplay between redox condition, corrinoid pool, and activity of corrinoid-auxotrophic dechlorinators. Annual Meeting of NIEHS Superfund Research Centers in Sacramento, CA, November 28-30, 2018.

    Seus, L., J. Yan, S.R. Campagna, and F.E. Löffler. 2018. Aquifer geochemistry affects microbial corrinoid production and the activity of corrinoid-auxotrophic, organohalide-respiring bacteria. University of Tennessee’s 4th Annual Women in STEM Research Symposium in Knoxville, TN, March 1, 2018.

    Seus, L., J. Yan, S.R. Campagna, and F.E. Löffler. 2017. Does aquifer geochemistry determine the corrinoid pools and control the activity of corrinoid-auxotrophic, organohalide-respiring bacteria? Annual Meeting of the NIEHS Superfund Research Centers in Sacramento, CA, December 6-8, 2017.