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Research positions

Postdoctoral research associate, November 2017 - May 2021
Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana

Postdoctoral associate, April - October 2017
University of California, Santa Barbara



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, English minor
Illinois Wesleyan University


Funding obtained

2012 - NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (3 years, $90,000)

2008 - National Estuarine Research Reserve System Graduate Research Fellowship (1 year, $20,000)


Publications (directs to Publications page)


Recent conference presentations

Upcoming: E Wear, L Windecker, J Jones, A James, E Halewood, M Brzezinski, and C Carlson.
Distinct heterotrophic bacterioplankton communities associated with upwelling-driven diatom and
Phaeocystis blooms in different physiological states. Aquatic Sciences Meeting, virtual.

E Wear, C Smith, J Drazen, and M Church. 2020. Talk: Deep-sea bacterial and archaeal
communities of the western Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Ocean Sciences Meeting, San Diego, CA.

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.


Professional training

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

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

2013 - Cornell Satellite Remote Sensing Training Program

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

2010 - Microbial Oceanography course, 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


Professional service and affiliations

Reviewer: Aquatic Microbial Ecology; Archives of Microbiology; Biogeosciences; BMC Genomics;
Environmental Microbiology; Environmental Microbiology Reports; Environmental Science and Pollution
Research; Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science; Frontiers in Microbiology; The ISME Journal;
Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans; Limnology and Oceanography; Marine Chemistry; mSphere;
PeerJ; Science of the Total Environment
*I track my reviews on Publons

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