Elise Cutts is a first-year graduate student in the Bosak Group. She is broadly interested in the co-evolution of life—especially microbial life—and the Earth. Originally a planetary science major, Cutts’ early undergraduate research centered on planetary habitability. She was previously involved in efforts to develop imaging spectroscopy techniques for analysis of martian meteorites. More recently, Cutts was involved in research on microbial chitin degradation and on the impact of oxygen on carbon isotope discrimination by cyanobacterial photosynthesis.
Cutts received her B.S. in geobiology from Caltech in 2019. Before coming to EAPS, she was involved in research at the University of Southern Denmark through the Fulbright program.