Jack Payette joins the Fournier Geobiology lab at MIT as a Senior Research Support Associate. Payette will be supporting research using genomics and bioinformatics tools to study molecular phylogenetics, horizontal gene transfer events, and how biological and geological processes co-evolved on Earth.
Payette is an Oceanography and Earth Sciences generalist, with a broad array of research skills and interests including water quality, remote sensing, invertebrate zoology, marine microbiology, and biogeochemical cycling. Payette is classically trained in oceanographic field and laboratory research. Past work has included: applied water quality data analysis with the MWRA, harmful algal bloom research with WHOI, open ocean mapping and exploration with NOAA, and a lab internship in molecular biology at MGH. Not only does Payette enjoy field and wet lab work in extreme environments, but also has a passion for dry lab research using computational tools and computer modeling for Earth Sciences. These interdisciplinary interests, experiences, and strong affinity for Earth Sciences are what brings him to the Fournier lab in EAPS.
Payette has a B.A. in Earth Sciences: Oceanography, Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire Durham (2009), and an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston (2018).