Kristen R. Hunter-Cevera is a Hibbitt Early Career Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She is interested in how environmental variables, species interactions and underlying diversity structure affect microbial community dynamics and stability. Her research focuses on the marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus as a model to explore these questions through a combination of field observations, laboratory culture experiments and modeling. She received a B.S. in biology and mathematics in 2008, and an M.B.A. in 2009 from West Virginia University. She earned a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in 2014 with a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.