Meets Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 PM, Lillie 103, unless otherwise stated.

MBL Micro-Eco Discussion Group, Fall 2011


September 15 - Chris Algar

Catherine Burke, Peter Steinberg, Doug Rusch, Staffan Kjelleberg, and Torsten Thomas. (2011) Bacterial community assembly based on functional genes rather than species. PNAS early edition:


September 22 - Julie Meyer

Peña, A et al. (2010) Fine-scale evolution: genomic, phenotypic and ecological differentiation in two coexisting Salinibacter ruber strains. ISME J 4: 882-895.


September 29 - Julie Huber

Dumont, MG, Pommerenke, B, Casper, P, & Conrad, R (2011) DNA-, rRNA- and mRNA-based stable isotope probing of aerobic methanotrophs in lake sediment. Environmental Microbiology 13: 1153-67.


October 6 - Joe Vineis

Kaiser et al.  2011.  Plants control the seasonal dynamics of microbial N cycling in a beech forest soil by belowground C allocation.  2011.  Ecology.  92:1036-1051.


October 13 - Sheri Simmons

Barberán, Albert, Scott T Bates, Emilio O Casamayor, and Noah Fierer. 2011. “Using network analysis to explore co-occurrence patterns in soil microbial communities.” The ISME Journal (September 8): 1-9. doi:10.1038/ismej.2011.119.


October 20 - Anil Somenahally (paper TBA)


October 27 - John Hobbie

Hobbie JE and Hobbie EA (2011)  Amino acid cycling in plankton and soil microbes studied with radioisotopes: measured amino acids in soil do not reflect bioavailability.  Biogeochemistry, DOI 10.1007/s10533-010-9556-9


Nov. 3 - Nuria Fernandez

Steele, Joshua, Peter Countway, Li Xia, Patrick Vigil, J Michael Beman, Diane Kim, Cheryl-Emiliane T Chow, et al. 2011. “Marine bacterial, archaeal and protistan association networks reveal ecological linkages.” The ISME Journal. 5: 1414-1425.


Nov. 10 - Jessica Mark Welch

Smillie CS et al. 2011. Ecology drives a global network of gene exchange connecting the human microbiome. Nature. doi:10.1038/nature10571


Nov. 17 - Michele Bahr

Himler, AG et al. (2011) Rapid spread of a bacterial symbiont in an invasive whitefly is driven by fitness benefits and female bias. 332(254). DOI: 10.1126/science.1199410

This short perspective piece might also be of interest:

Jiggins FM et al. (2011) Rapid insect evolution by symbiont transfer. Science 332(185) DOI: 10.1126/science.1205386


Nov. 24 -THANKSGIVING! (No MicroEco)

Dec. 1 - Zoe Cardon

Discussion of two papers , both exploring microbial response to salinity:

Jeffries TC et al. (2011) Substrate type determines metagenomic profiles from diverse chemical habitats. PLoS ONE 6(9): e25173. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025173

Herlemann DPR et al. (2011) Transitions in bacterial communities along the 2000km salinity gradient of the Baltic Sea. The ISME Journal. 5: 1571-1579.


Dec. 8 -- Yuko Hasigawa

McNulty et al. (2011) The impact of a consortium of fermented milk strains on the gut microbiome of gnotobiotic mice and monozygotic twins.  Sci Transl Med. Vol. 3, Issue 106, p. 106ra106


Dec. 15 -- Linda Amaral Zettler

Gilbert J.A. et al. (2011) Defining seasonal marine microbial community dynamics.  ISME Journal, 1-11, doi:10.1038/ismej.2011.107