Heather Fullerton

Assistant Professor

Address: RITA 229
E-mail: fullertonhe@cofc.edu


Ph.D. - Cornell University

B.S. - University of Washington

Research Interests

  • Microbial metabolic diversity and ecology of marine habitats
  • Development of microbial communities at hydrothermal vents
  • Microbiota associated with Macroalgae
  • Charleston area microbial communities and water quality


G. Kuba, H. L. Spalding, K. M. Hill-Spanik and H. Fullerton. Microbiota-Macroalgal Relationships in a Hawaiian Intertidal Bench are Influenced by Macroalgal Phyla and Associated Thallus Complexity. 2021 mSphere. 6.5: e00665-2


K. Duchinski, C.L. Moyer, K.W.  Hager, & H. Fullerton (2019) Fine-Scale Biogeography and the Inference of Ecological Interactions Among Neutrophilic Iron-Oxidizing Zetaproteobacteria as Determined by a Rule-Based Microbial Network. Frontiers in microbiology, 10, 2389

K. Hager, H. Fullerton, D. A. Butterfield, and C. L. Moyer. Bacterial diversity of lithotrophically driven microbial mats from hydrothermal vents along the Mariana Arc and back-arc. Frontiers in Microbiology, 2017, 8.

Fullerton, H. K. Hager, S. M. McAllister and C. L. Moyer. Hidden diversity revealed by genome-resolved metagenomics of iron-oxidizing microbial mats from Lō'ihi Seamount, Hawai,i. ISME Journal. 11(8), 2017: 1900-1914.

Fullerton, H., C. L. Moyer. Comparative Single-Cell Genomics of Chloroflexi from deep-sea sediments of the Okinawa Trough Biosphere. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Vol. 82.10, 2016: 3000-3008.

Fullerton H., K. Hager, C. L. Moyer. Draft Genome Sequence of Mariprofundus ferrooxydans Strain JV-1, Isolated from Lō'ihi Seamount, Hawai'i. 2015, 3(5).

Jesser, K.J., H. Fullerton, K. Hager, C.L. Moyer. QPCR Analysis of Functional Genes in Iron-Rich Microbial Mats at an Active Hydrothermal Vent System Loihi Seamount, Hawaii. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2015 81(9), 2976-2984.

Price, M., H. Fullerton, C. L. Moyer. Biogeography and Evolution of Thermococcus Isolates from Hydrothermal Vent Systems of the Pacific. Frontiers in Microbiology 2015, 6.

Fullerton, H., D. Freedman, L. Lehmicke and S.H. Zinder. Isolation of an aerobic vinyl chloride oxidizer from anaerobic groundwater. Biodegradation 2014 25(6), 893 901

Fullerton, H., M. Crawford, A. Bakenne, D.L. Freedman and S.H. Zinder. Anaerobic Oxidation of Ethene Coupled to Sulfate Reduction in Enrichment Cultures. Environmental Science & Technology 2013 47 (21), 12374-12381