Julia Stevens

Postdoctoral Fellow, Genomics & Microbiology Research Lab

11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, The University of Alabama, 2014
  • M.S. in Coastal Marine & Wetland Studies, Coastal Carolina University, 2009
  • B.A. in Psychology, St. Louis University, 2007


  • Visiting Scientist, North Carolina State University, Department of Biology

Research Interests

Julia is currently studying the ecological role that microbial communities play as part of host-microbe interactions with a focus on invasive species. Past research includes studying the presence of environmental and opportunistic fungi in beach sand along a human use continuum, analysis of biogeographical patterns and functions of bacteria associated with the invasive lionfish, and recruitment of microbes out of soil by plants, specifically the successful common dandelion.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Stevens, J.L., J.B. Olson. In press. Bacterial communities associated with lionfish in their native and invaded ranges. Marine Ecology Progress Series.
  • Stevens, J.L., J.B. Olson. 2013. Invasive lionfish harbor a different external bacterial community than native Bahamian fishes. Coral Reefs. 32: 1113-1121.
  • Stevens, J.L., R.L. Jackson, J.B. Olson. 2013. Slowing PCR ramp speed reduces chimera formation in mixed community sample. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 93: 203-205.
  • Stevens, J.L., G.E. Evans, K.M. Aguirre. 2012. Human beach use affects abundance and identity of fungi present in sand. Journal of Coastal Research. 28(4): 787-792.

Fields of Research