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Examining the causes and consequences of microbial composition at the population and community scales

Lab News

Multi-decade aerobiota time series study is published in PNAS!

Dec 8, 2019

We are so thrilled that our multi-decade time series paper is online at PNAS https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/12/03/1907414116.short. This was a great collaboration with NOAA scientists who have been collecting and storing particulates at Mauna Loa Observatory.  The take home message is that tropospheric fungi are comparatively species poor and don't appear to respond to local or seasonal climatic conditions. We also found evidence for long distance dispersal from at least 1600 away!

Waimea watershed microbiome project is written up in Science!

Sep 11, 2019

Our collaborative project looking at microbial food webs and amphibious microbes within the Waime watershed was written up in Science after Anthony presented some results at ESA.  We're thrilled that this exciting new work is getting people thinking about microbial networks. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/08/no-microbiome-island-unprecedented-survey-hawaiian-valley-reveals?utm_campaign=news_daily_2019-08-28&et_rid=17101647&et_cid=2964879

Our paper on clinal variation in plant microbe specificity is published in ISME.

Jul 15, 2019

Gerry Cobian led this study on the slopes of Mauna Loa where he sampled the same plant community along a 1KM elevation gradient and measured how host specifity shifts within a network context.  Turns out plants are "pickier" when they're in the midde of their distributions compared to when they're on the edges. Specificity, like so many other traits, is context dependent.  Read all about it here.