Nastassia Patin

Research Highlights

Research Interests

Marine biogeochemistry, marine microbial ecology and marine food webs.

Metagenomics and bioinformatics.

Nastassia Patin, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate (University of Miami/CIMAS), Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division

Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

“The presumed stability of this [blue hole] community, its high metabolic diversity, and its dominance by understudied microbial taxa highlight [Gulf of Mexico formation] AJ [Hole] as a model for detecting novel biogeochemical processes under low oxygen.” Quote from Patin et al. 2021, The ISME Journal.

Dr. Patin is interested in how marine microbial communities are structured in relation to environmental conditions and their connectivity with organisms like phytoplankton and fish. To address these questions, she uses microbiome sequence data (“metagenomics”) and biological computational methods (“bioinformatics”) to study microbial communities without the need for cultivation. She also use environmental DNA metabarcoding to link microbiomes to higher trophic levels and draw connections between microbes and other important members of the marine food web. Nastassia’s main study system is the California Current, a highly productive and valuable ecosystem for fisheries, climate science, and coastal economies.

Current Work

Postdoctoral Associate, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division

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2016, Ph.D. Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, CA

2011, M.S. Marine Biology, San Francisco State University, San Franciso, CA

2008, B.S. Biological Sciences, minor in French, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

  1. Thompson, L.R., S.R. Anderson, P.A. Den Uyl, N.V. Patin, G. Sanderson, and K.D. Goodwin. Tourmaline: A containerized workflow for rapid and iterable amplicon sequence analysis using QIIME 2 and Snakemake. GigaScience, 11(1):giac066, https://doi.org/10.1093/gigascience/giac066 2022
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  2. Truelove, N.K., N.V. Patin, M. Min, K.J. Pitz, C.M. Preston, K.M. Yamahara, Y. Zhang, B.Y. Raanan, B. Kieft, B. Hobson, L.R. Thompson, K.D. Goodwin, and F.P. Chavez. Expanding the temporal and spatial scales of environmental DNA research with autonomous sampling. Environmental DNA, 4(4):972-984, https://doi.org/10.1002/edn3.299 2022
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  3. Demko, A.M., N.V. Patin, and P.R. Johnson. Microbial diversity in tropical marine sediments assessed using culture-dependent and culture-independent techniques. Environmental Microbiology, 23(11):6859-6875, https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.15798 2021
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Patin NV, Dietrich ZA, Stancil A, Quinan M, Beckler JS, Hall ER, Culter J, Smith CG, Taillefert M, Stewart FJ. 2021. Gulf of Mexico blue hole harbors high levels of novel microbial lineages. The ISME Journal. doi: s41396-021-00917-x

Patin NV, Brown E, Garfield C, Chebli G, Kubanek J, Stewart FJ. 2020. Microbial and chemical dynamics of a toxic dinoflagellate bloom. PeerJ. 8:e9493. doi: 10.7717/peerj.9493

Patin NV, Locklear S, Stewart FJ, Lopanik NB. 2018. Symbiont frequency predicts microbiome composition in a model bacterial-bryozoan symbiosis. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 83: 1-13. doi:10.3354/ame01901

Patin NV, Pratte ZA, Regensburger M, Gilde K, Hall E, Dove ADM, Stewart FJ. 2018. Microbiome dynamics in a large artificial seawater aquarium. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 84(10): e00179-18

Best Talk, Georgia Tech Postdoctoral Symposium 2017

Edward A. Frieman Director’s Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Research 2016

For Patin NV, Duncan K, Dorrestein PC, Jensen PR. 2016. Competitive strategies differentiate closely related species of marine actinobacteria. The ISME Journal. 10: 478-490..