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Putman, Lindsay

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
144 Natural Science
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-7947




Lindsay Putman is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Earth and Environmental Sciences and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics departments where she pursues her interests in microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, and hydrogeology. As a member of the Schrenk lab she uses hydrogeology, analytical geochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and anaerobic culturing techniques to assess how groundwater and geochemical dynamics affect microbial community assembly, composition, and function over time and in response to perturbations within a serpentinization-influenced aquifer. In addition to her research activities, Lindsay has a great interest in teaching and has had the opportunity to teach undergraduate students and attend a variety of pedagogy workshops and courses here at MSU. Lindsay graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences and was a member and team captain of the Varsity Women’s Gymnastics Team during her time there.


  1. L.M. Seyler, W.J. Brazelton, C. McLean, L.I. Putman, A. Hyer, M.D.Y. Kubo, T. Hoehler, D. Cardace, M.O. Schrenk. “Carbon assimilation strategies in ultrabasic groundwater: clues from the integrated study of a serpentinization-influenced aquifer”. mSystems (in revision)
  2. M.C. Sabuda, W.J. Brazelton, L.I. Putman, T.M. McCollom, T.M. Hoehler, M.D. Kubo, D. Cardace, M.O. Schrenk. A dynamic sulfur cycle in a serpentinizing continental ophiolite. Environmental Microbiology (in review)


  1. L. Putman, W.J. Brazelton, T.M. Hoehler, M.D. Kubo, D. Cardace, M.O. Schrenk (2019, June), Microbial Community Responses to Drilling Induced Perturbations in a Serpentinization-Influenced Aquifer – Implications for Future Analog Studies, Poster session presented at the Astrobiology Science Conference 2019, Seattle, WA
  2. L. Putman, M. Kubo, W. Brazelton, D. Cardace, M. Schrenk (2019, Feb.), Disentangling microbial community responses to drilling in a serpentinization-influenced aquifer, Oral presentation at the Earth and Environmental Sciences Student Research Symposium, Michigan State University, MI
  3. L. Putman, M. Kubo, W. Brazelton, D. Cardace, M. Schrenk (2018, Oct.), Assessing microbial community assembly in a serpentinization-influenced aquifer over time, Poster session presented at the Midwest Geobiology Conference, Northwestern University, IL
  4. L. Putman, H. Miller, D. Hyndman, B. Budd, M. Schrenk (2018, Feb.), Grand Traverse bay watershed groundwater microbiology: characterization of native microbial communities and analyses of how communities evolve in standing well water, Oral presentation at the Department of Earth and Environmental Science Student Symposium, Michigan State University, MI
  5. L.I. Putman, M.D. Kubo, M.C. Sabuda, W.J. Brazelton, K.I. Twing, D. Cardace, M.O. Schrenk (2017, Nov.), Seasonal Variation Within a Serpentinite Aquifer on Microbial Community Function and Diversity, Oral presentation at the International Society of Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM) Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand
  6. L. Williams, M. Kubo, M. Sabuda, D. Cardace, M. Schrenk (2017, April), Seasonal and Episodic Microbial Community Dynamics of the Coast Range Ophiolite Microbial Observatory (CROMO), California, Oral presentation at the Astrobiology Science Conference, Mesa, AZ
  7. M. Schrenk, K. Liu, J. Rose, D. Hyndman, L. Williams, T. Gim Aw, M. Flood, R. Ives, B. Budd (2016, Sept.), Phylogenomic Analysis of Microbial Populations in Groundwater as a Novel Predictive Tool for Subsurface Hydrology and Biogeochemistry, Oral presentation at the Michigan State University (MSU) Water Cube Event, Michigan State University, MI