Skip to main content
Skip to main menu Skip to spotlight region Skip to secondary region Skip to UGA region Skip to Tertiary region Skip to Quaternary region Skip to unit footer


Adrienne Hoarfrost

Blurred image of the arch used as background for stylistic purposes.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Hoarfrost studies the interactions between biological systems and their environment in order to better understand the microbial drivers of the global carbon cycle and its impact on marine ecosystems and climate. The Hoarfrost lab develops deep learning and machine learning approaches to better capture the complexity of biology; develops high-throughput experimental techniques to enable data-driven hypothesis testing; and deploys technologies to demonstrate their performance in the field. Her research interests include:

  • Modeling the biological carbon pump
  • Characterizing uncharacterizable microbes and functions (‘microbial dark matter’)
  • Foundation models and transfer learning for microbes and microbial communities
  • Self-driving labs and active learning
  • Marine biotech for microbially-driven sustainable materials and technologies
  • Continuous real-time environmental monitoring of biological processes
  • Astrobiology and space biology

PhD, Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

AB, Biology (Geobiology concentration), Dartmouth College

Support us

We appreciate your financial support. Your gift is important to us and helps support critical opportunities for students and faculty alike, including lectures, travel support, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience. Click here to learn more about giving.

Every dollar given has a direct impact upon our students and faculty.