Mary A. Voytek

Major research interests include microbially mediated geochemical transformations of organic and inorganic compounds in a variety of marine and freshwater environments. B.A., biology, 1980, Johns Hopkins University; M.S., biological oceanography, 1984, University of Rhode Island; Ph.D., biology/ocean sciences, 1995, University of California. NASA employee since 2008; associate project chief, environmental microbiology, in the National Research Program, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), 1998–2009; visiting research fellow, Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Plön, Germany, 1997–1998; Rutgers University Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences postdoctoral fellow, 1995–1997; staff scientist, Environmental Defense Fund (1987–1990); member, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) (1984 to present); member, ASLO Ethics Committee (1993); member, American Society of Microbiology (1991 to present). Member, USGS-NRP Staffing Committee; - (BERAC) subcommittee on Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research (NABIR) (2002–2003); member, NASA Planetary Protection Advisory Committee (2005–2009); member, Science Advisory Board, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) (2004–2007). Distinguished paper in phycology (1993); invited scholar, German-American Frontiers of Science (1997 and 2001); USGS Superior Service Award (2005). Authored 72 refereed publications, two in AGU journals. Most highly cited papers are in the areas of nitrogen cycling in aquatic systems, bioremediation of chlorinated compounds, and microbial activity in extreme environments. AGU service as secretary of Biogeosciences section (2004–2006); Biogeosciences section meeting chair (2003–2006).