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Postdoc, Church Lab
Flathead Lake Biological Station
University of Montana

I am interested in the intersection between bacterioplankton community ecology and dissolved organic matter (DOM) composition. That is, what are the effects of varying DOM inputs on which bacteria and archaea are present in a body of water, and how does DOM influence metabolic processes? Conversely, how does the activity of the bacterioplankton community drive DOM processing, including remineralization to carbon dioxide and potential sequestration?

My research addresses these questions in two ways: I use molecular techniques to assess community composition and metabolic potential from functional genes. Biogeochemical techniques, usually applied in experimental assays, allow me to empirically measure rates of DOM processing. My long-term goal is to couple these two approaches as much as feasible to understand the effects of ecosystem-level perturbations on bacterial-DOM interactions.

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