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

MBL Micro-Eco Discussion Group, Fall 2012


Sept. 20 -- Bob Campbell

Thanks for being our leadoff discussion leader, Bob!
We'll be discussing a paper described as "a massively spectacular view of the chemical lives of microbes" (!)

  • Watrous, J. et al. (2012) Mass spectral molecule networking of living microbial colonies. PNAS 109(26):E1743-1752.
  • Watrous et al. (2012) Mass spectral molecular networking of living microbial colonies. PNAS 109(26): 10150-10151. (Author summary)
  • Traxler MF and Kolter R (2012) A massively spectacular view of the chemical lives of microbes. PNAS 109(26): 10128–10129 (Commentary)
  • Sept. 27 -- Julie Huber

  • Kallmeyer, J., Pockalny, R., Adhikari, R. R., Smith, D. C. & D’Hondt, S. Global distribution of microbial abundance and biomass in subseafloor sediment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 1–4 (2012). doi:10.1073/pnas.1203849109

  • Recent press release about the paper:


    Commentary on the paper: Jørgensen, B. B. Shrinking majority of the deep biosphere. PNAS early edition www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1213639109

    Oct. 4 -- Julie Meyer

  • Prosser, J. I. Ecosystem processes and interactions in a morass of diversity. FEMS Microbiology Ecology (2012).doi:10.1111/j.1574-6941.2012.01435.x

  • Oct. 11 -- Chris Algar

  • Roy, H. et al. Aerobic Microbial Respiration in 86-Million-Year-Old Deep-Sea Red Clay. Science 336, 922–925 (2012).

  • Oct. 18 -- Jeremy Rich

  • Nielsen, L.P., Risgaard-Petersen, N., Fossing, H., Christensen, P.B., Sayama, M., 2010. Electric currents couple spatially separated biogeochemical processes in marine sediment. Nature 463, 1071-1074

    Also see commentary: Nealson K. H. Sediment reactions defy dogma. Nature, 463: 1033-1034 (2010)

    And a followup post-dicussion: Pfeffer et al. (2012) Filamentous bacteria transport electrons over centimetre distances. Nature doi:10.1038/nature11586


    Oct. 25 -- Jonathan Gitlin

  • Cordero, O. X. et al. Ecological Populations of Bacteria Act as Socially Cohesive Units of Antibiotic Production and Resistance.Science 337, 1228–1231 (2012).
  • Nov. 1 -- Nuria Fernandez -- current research!


    Nov. 8 -- Linda Amaral Zettler-- current research!


    Nov. 15 -- Lindsay Brin --

    Mason, OU et al. (2012) Metagenome, metatranscriptome and single-cell sequencing reveal microbial response to Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The ISME journal 6: 1715–1727.


    Nov. 22 -- Thanksgiving break


    Nov. 29 -- Sheri Simmons - current research!

    for background, could read:

    Vorholt JA (2012) Microbial life in the pyllosphere. Nature Reviews Microbiology 10:828-840


    Dec. 6 -- Gretta Serres

    Tveit A., R. Schwacke, M. M. Svenning, and T. Urich. 2012. Organic carbon transformations in high-Arctic peat soils: key functions and microorganisms. ISME J.