University of Georgia

Samantha Joye

2020 Physical Sciences

Samantha Joye is a microbiologist, an educator, and a deep ocean explorer. Joye is a Regents’ Professor and the Athletic Association Professorship in Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia and leader of the Joye Lab. She is an expert in microbial geochemistry, focusing on hydrocarbon and trace gas dynamics and microbial metabolism. Her work bridges the fields of analytical chemistry, microbiology, and geology. After her first submersible dive to the Gulf of Mexico seafloor in 1994, she was hooked on deep ocean exploration and has studied the microbiology of deep sea extreme environments.

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