Shane is a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Professor Dr. Teppo Hiltunen at the University of Turku. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Professor Dr Sallie W. Chisholm at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA. He received his Ph.D. in Oceanography with a focus in Marine Chemistry and Microbial Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego (USA) where he was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. He completed his undergraduate bachelors degree in Chemistry at Earlham College (USA). Shane is originally from the United States. He currently lives in Turku, Finland with his wife and son.
Shane's interests lie at the interface of marine microbial ecosystems, microbial evolution, and global biogeochemistry. He uses "omics" techniques and tools from microbial genetics and physiology to elucidate patterns of differentiation in microbial genomes with the ultimate goal of connecting these patterns to ecological and biogeochemical gradients. Consequently, he is interested in how microbial processes scale to influence biogeochemical cycles and the impacts of microbial ecology and evolution on wider ecosystem structure and function. Shane is currently exploring the role of rapid microbial evolution on the demographic fluctuations and ecological interactions within microbial communities.