Assistant Professor of Biology
PhD, Biological Oceanography, University of Maine, Orono
MS, Biological Oceanography, University of Maine, Orono
BS, Biochemistry, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook
Winston Hall 011
Phone: (336) 758-2349
Email: floges at wfu.edu
Lab Website: https://floges.sites.wfu.edu
Using a combination of fieldwork and laboratory experiments, I study how microbes interact with one another and their environment, the chemical reactions that mediate such interactions, and the resulting impact on upper ocean carbon and nitrogen cycling. In particular, I focus on how viruses alter host cellular metabolism, and consequent changes in ecosystem function. To address my research questions, I use imaging, biochemical, and molecular and computational biology analyses. As a teacher and mentor, I strive to create an inclusive environment and to provide student-led research opportunities that challenge, enhance critical thinking skills, and foster teamwork and self- discovery.
Zengler, K., Hofmockel, K., Baliga, N. S., Behie, S. W., Bernstein, H. C., Brown, J. B., … Northen, T. R. (2019). EcoFABs: advancing microbiome science through standardized fabricated ecosystems. Nature Methods. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41592-019-0465-0.
Lawrence, S. A., S. A. Floge, J. E. Davy, S. K. Davy, and W. H. Wilson. 2017. Exploratory analysis of Symbiodinium transcriptomes reveals potential latent infection by large dsDNA viruses. Environmental Microbiology. 19: 3909-3919.
Vermont, A. I., J. Martínez Martínez, J. D. Waller, I. C. Gilg, A. H. Leavitt, S. A. Floge, S. D. Archer, W. H.Wilson, and D. M. Fields. 2016. Virus infection of Emiliania huxleyi deters grazing by the copepod Acartia tonsa. Journal of Plankton Research. 38: 1194-1205.
Gilg. I. C., S. D. Archer, S. A. Floge, D. M. Fields, A. I. Vermont, A. H. Leavitt, W. H. Wilson, and J. Martínez Martínez. 2016. Differential gene expression is tied to photochemical efficiency reduction in virally infected Emiliania huxleyi. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 555: 13-27.
Floge, S. A., K. R. Hardy, E. Boss and M. L. Wells. 2009. Analytical intercomparison between type I and type II long-pathlength liquid core waveguides for the measurement of chromophoric dissolved organic matter. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. 7: 260 – 268.
Floge, S. A. and M. L. Wells. 2007. Variation in colloidal chromophoric dissolved organic matter in the Damariscotta Estuary, Maine. Limnology and Oceanography. 52: 32 – 45.
Mulholland, M. R., S. Floge, E. J. Carpenter and D. G. Capone. 2002. Phosphorous dynamics in cultures and natural populations of Trichodesmium spp. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 239: 45-55.
Lin, S., S. Henze, P. Lundgren, B. Bergman and E. Carpenter. 1998. Whole-cell immunolocalization of nitrogenase in marine diazotrophic Cyanobacteria, Trichodesmium spp. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 64: 3052-3058.