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Laura Zinke



Address: University of Southern California, Department of Earth Sciences

825 Bloom Walk, ACB 302

Los Angeles, California 90089-0740



  • Associate Editor, Nature Reviews Earth & Environment (2019 - now)

  • Post-doc, University of California- Davis, Dept of Plant Pathology (2018-2019)

  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Southern California, Marine and Environmental Biology Dept. (2013-2018)

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant,Texas A&M College of Geosciences, Oceanography Dept.  (2011-2013)

  • Summer Research Fellow, Texas A&M Health Science Center (2012)



University of Southern California, Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, NOW


Texas A&M University, B.S. in Biology, Minor in Geography, 2009



  • AUBO16 Cruise in the Baltic Sea (Bornholm Basin) (2016)

  • AT26-­‐‑24: Dorado Outcrop Science Party (2014)

  • Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) (2014)



  • Zinke, L.A., Buongiorno, J., Chou, L., van Maldegem, L.M., et al. 2015. Couple geochemical and microbiologicalcharacterization of non-­‐‑carbonate firmgrounds from a modern soda lake, Walker Lake, Nevada. Poster atGeological Society of America conference in Baltimore, MD.

  • Zinke, L.A., Reese, B.K., Orcutt, B.N, Wheat, C.G., Amend, J.P. 2015 Microbial communities in near surface sediments on the Dorado Outcrop, invited talk presented at CDEBI Annual Meeting.

  • Zinke, L.A., Sobol, M., Bird, J., Marshall, I.P.G., Lloyd, K., Amend, J.P., Reese, B.K. 2015. Metatranscriptomic insight into active microbial populations in Baltic sediments. Poster at IODP Expedition 347 Post-­‐‑Cruise Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Zinke, L.A., Reese, B.K., Amend, J.P. 2015. Bacterial Diversity in Deep Sediments in the Baltic Sea Basin. Poster presented at the Southern California Regional Geobiology Symposium.

  • Zinke, L.A., Reese, B.K., St. Peter, C., Mills, H.J. 2013. A quantitative RNA approach to marine deep subsurface microbial community characterization. Presented at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography conference in New Orleans, LA.




  • Schlanger Fellowship (2016 - 2017)

  • Census of Deep Life sequencing proposal, Co-I (2016)

  • Census of Deep Life sequencing proposal, PI (2015)

  • Census of Deep Life sequencing proposal, PI (2015)

  • Best Teaching Assistant, BISC 120 (2013)

  • Dornsife Doctoral Fellowship (2013-)

  • Texas A&M University President’s Endowed Scholar (2009-2013)

  • Texas A&M University Director’s Excellence Award (2009-2013)

  • Girl Scout Gold Award (2009)

  • National Merit Scholar (2009)

2010 - present

2010 - present



  • BISC 221: Introduction to Biology II (spring 2016)

  • BISC 121: Honors introduction to biology, Biological Sciences, University of Southern California(Fall 2015) 

  • BISC 320: Molecular biology, Biological Sciences, University of Southern California(Fall 2014) 

  • BISC 120: Introduction to biology, Biological Sciences, University of Southern California(Fall 2013) 



  • American Geophysical Society

  • American Society of Microbiology

  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography

  • Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations

  • Geological Society of America

  • Toastmasters International



  • Author,  Oceanbites blog (2016-) 

  • Mentor, South Central Scholars summer fellowship (2015)

  • American Society of MicrobiologyDepartmental Retreat Planning Committee (Head) (2014-2015)

  • Science Judge, Ocean Sciences Bow l(2014-2015)

  • Outreach Speaker, CDEBI (2014-)

  • Mentor, CC-­‐‑RISE (2014)

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