Heather Fullerton

College of Charleston

Address: RITA 208, Department of Biology, Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: 843.953.7363
E-mail: fullertonhe@cofc.edu


Ph.D., Cornell University

Research Interests

  • Microbial metabolic diversity and ecology

Current and planned research projects

  • Ecology of marine iron-oxidizers from hydrothermal vents
  • Identification and biology of marine iron-oxidizers from estuaries of South Carolina


  • G. Kuba, H. L. Spalding, K. M. Hill-Spanik & 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. Fine-Scale Biogeography and the Inference of Ecological Interactions Among Neutrophilic Iron-Oxidizing Zetaproteobacteria as Determined by a Rule-Based Microbial Network. 2019. Frontiers in microbiology, 10, 2389
  • K. Hager, H. Fullerton and C. L. Moyer. Bacterial diversity of lithotrophically driven microbial mats from hydrothermal vents along the Mariana Arc and back-arc. 2017. Frontiers in Microbiology
  • 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.