Matthew Saxton

Matthew Saxton is currently working as the Managing Director for the ECOGIG project at UGA (

Matthew Saxton is a microbiologist and microbial ecologist interested in how microbial communities respond to environmental change.

Matthew undertook his graduate research in the Microbiology Department at the University of Tennessee studying the ecology of harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes. He then continued on to the College of William & Mary where he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Environmental Science and Policy, studying the effects of land-use on microbial and viral community structures in coastal Virginia and teaching microbial ecology.

During his time with the Joye Research Group, Matthew used molecular tools to investigate the biogeography of methane oxidizing microbes and microbial communities in Antarctic lakes.


2011, Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2005, B.S., Microbiology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Research Interests

  • Microbial Ecology
  • Limnology
  • Marine Carbon Cycle