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Research positions

Postdoctoral research associate, November 2017 - present
Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana
Supervisor: Matt Church

Postdoctoral associate, April - October 2017
University of California, Santa Barbara
Supervisor: Craig Carlson



PhD, March 2017; Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Advisor: Craig Carlson
Thesis: Bottom-up drivers of bacterial community composition and metabolism of dissolved
organic carbon in the Santa Barbara Channel, CA

MS, 2009; Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies
Coastal Carolina University
Advisor: Eric Koepfler
Thesis: Effects of inter-tributary dissolved organic carbon variability on heterotrophic
microbial communities in upper Winyah Bay, SC

BS, 2007; Biology
Illinois Wesleyan University


Funding obtained

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship; 2012-2015, encompassing two renewals

National Estuarine Research Reserve System Graduate Research Fellowship; 2008


Publications (directs to Publications page)


Recent conference presentations

E Wear, J Ranieri, S Devlin, and M Church. 2019. Poster: Bottom-up effects on
Flathead Lake bacterioplankton community composition during summer stratification.
Montana Aquatic Research Colloquium, Flathead Lake Biological Station, Polson, MT.

E Wear, C Carlson, and M Church. 2019. Talk: Mesoscale eddy effects differentially
impact bacterioplankton use of phytoplankton lysates across a cyclone-anticyclone dipole
in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Aquatic Sciences Meeting, San Juan, PR.

E Wear, E Wilbanks, C Nelson, and C Carlson. 2018. Poster: Comparing the
characterization of coastal marine bacterioplankton population dynamics and community
ecology by four 16S ribosomal RNA primer sets. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, Oregon.

E Wear, C Carlson, D Siegel, N Guillocheau, and C Nelson. 2016. Poster: Spatial and temporal
patterns in bacterioplankton community composition vary in their relationship with bottom-up
factors in a heterogeneous coastal system. ISME 16, Montreal, Can.

E Wear, C Carlson, D Siegel, N Guillocheau, and C Nelson. 2015. Talk: Bottom-up controls
on a coastal bacterioplankton time-series: relative utility of in situ versus remotely-sensed
measurements. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference, Portland, Oregon.


Professional training

Data Intensive Biology Summer Institute ANGUS; 2018
University of California, Davis

CIRTL Network MOOC: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching; 2017

Cornell Satellite Remote Sensing Training Program; 2013
Cornell University

Summer Course on Microbial Oceanography; 2011
Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education, University of Hawai`i

Microbial Oceanography course; 2010
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences



DeepCCZ, R/V Kilo Moana; May - June 2018
32 days in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone of the tropical North Pacific

SCOPE cruise, R/V Falkor; March - April 2018
14 days in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre

Plumes and Blooms, R/V Shearwater; 2010 - 2015
35 day cruises in the Santa Barbara Channel

Course-associated cruise, R/V Kilo Moana; June 2011
10 days in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre

SBDOM10 and SBDOM11, R/V Point Sur; April 2010 and May 2011
1 week cruises in the Santa Barbara Channel

Course-associated cruise, R/V Atlantic Explorer; June 2010
2 days in the Sargasso Sea


Institutional and professional service

Faculty search committee student representative, UC Santa Barbara IGPMS; 2014-2015
Seminar organizer, UC Santa Barbara IGPMS; Winter 2012

Reviewer: Aquatic Microbial Ecology; Biogeosciences; BMC Genomics; Environmental Microbiology;
Environmental Science and Pollution Research; Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science; Frontiers in
Microbiology; Limnology and Oceanography; PeerJ; Science of the Total Environment

Member: Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography; International
Society for Microbial Ecology


Teaching experience

Teaching assistant, Introductory Biology Lab II, UCSB, 2015

Teaching assistant, Chemical and Physical Methods of Aquatic Environments (lab), UCSB, 2012

Teaching assistant, Processes in Oceans (discussion section), UCSB, 2010 and 2011

Teaching assistant, Plant Anatomy and Physiology Lab, IWU, 2007