About

I am a PhD Candidate in the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program at University of Wisconsin - Madison. I currently work in the McMahon Lab studying freshwater microbes in lakes in Wisconsin. I am focused on using reference genomes (genomes from metagenomes and single-cell genomes) of unculturable but common freshwater bacteria to understand how the diversity of the related bacterial populations changes through time using a metagenomic time series. This work is being done in collaboration with the DOE Joint Genome Institute. My research interests, very generally, include Microbial Ecology, Genomics, Environmental Microbiology, Computational Biology/Bioinformatics, and Limnology.

I am very passionate about reproducible research and open science and over the years I have taught many labmates and other graduate students to use unix/command-line, python/R, and version control. This experience helped me discover my own interest in teaching researchers computational skills. Along that line, I teach Software Carpentry(and Data Carpentry) workshops and started a local study group called Computation Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (ComBEE) group on the UW-Madison campus. ComBEE provides an opportunity for researchers to discuss new computational tools and learn bioinformatics skills together. We also host both a python and R study groups on a bi-weekly basis.

Contact me

sarahlrstevens@gmail.com