Ph.D., Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, 2012
MSc., Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, 2010
B.S., Cell Biology & Biochemistry, UC San Diego, 2004
Dr. Samo is interested in applying principles of microbial ecology toward addressing questions and challenges in renewable energy and environmental geochemistry. His current work aims to understand the influence of algal-bacterial and bacterial–bacterial interactions on carbon cycling and how this knowledge can be applied toward bioenergy applications and ecosystem functioning. He combines experimental culturing and manipulation of microbial communities with measurements of single-cell activity and metabolite transfer between and among microbes.