NCEAS Project 5541

Patterns in microbial biodiversity

  • Brendan J.M. Bohannan
  • Jennifer Hughes Martiny
  • Peter J. Morin
  • Anna-Louise Reysenbach

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group20th—23rd March 2003Participant List  
Working Group12th—15th December 2003Participant List  

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Abstract
Microorganisms represent the vast majority of Earth's biodiversity and they play a crucial role in nearly every process of environmental importance. However we know very little about how microbial diversity is generated and maintained. Our ignorance is due in part to the isolation of microbial diversity studies from the general study of biodiversity. The proposed working group will bring together microbial biologists who are gathering microbial diversity data and ecologists who study biodiversity, to share tools and approaches, to look for patterns in microbial diversity data, and to propose future directions for microbial biodiversity research.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Book Chapter Bohannan, Brendan J.M. 2006. Patterns in microbial biodiversity. Edited by Lappin-Scott, H.. Prokaryotic Diversity: Mechanisms and Significance. Society for General Microbiology. Reading, UK.
Journal Article Floyd, Melissa M.; Tang, Jane; Kane, Matthew; Emerson, David. 2005. Captured diversity in a culture collection: Case study of the geographic and habitat distributions of environmental isolates held at the American Type Culture Collection. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Vol: 71(6). Pages 2813-2823.
Journal Article Fuhrman, Jed A.; Steele, Joshua A.; Hewson, Ian; Schwalbach, Michael S.; Brown, Mark V.; Green, Jessica L.; Brown, James H. 2008. A latitudinal diversity gradient in planktonic marine bacteria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 105(22). Pages 7774-7778. (Online version)
Journal Article Green, Jessica L.; Bohannan, Brendan J.M. 2006. Spatial scaling of microbial biodiversity. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. Vol: 21(9). Pages 501-507.
Book Chapter Green, Jessica L.; Bohannan, Brendan J.M. In press. Are microbes fundamentally different? Scaling relationships in microbial diversity. Edited by Storch, D.; Marquet, P.; West, G.; Brown, J.. Scaling and Biodiversity. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.
Book Chapter Horner-Devine, M. Claire; Green, Jessica L.; Bohannan, Brendan J.M. 2006. Patterns in biodiversity: Are prokaryotes different?. Edited by Logan, N.A.; Lappin-Scott, H.M.; Oyston, P.C.F. Prokaryotic Diversity: Mechanisms and Significance. Society for General Microbiology. Pages 19-38.
Journal Article Horner-Devine, M. Claire; Silver, Jessica; Leibold, Mathew A.; Bohannan, Brendan J.M.; Colwell, Robert K.; Fuhrman, Jed A.; Green, Jessica L.; Kuske, Cheryl; Martiny, Jennifer Hughes; Muyzer, Gerard; Ovreas, Lise; Reysenbach, Anna-Louise; Smith, Val H. 2007. A comparison of taxon co-occurrence patterns for macro- and microorganisms. Ecology. Vol: 88(6). Pages 1345-1353.
Journal Article Martiny, Jennifer Hughes; Bohannan, Brendan J.M.; Brown, James H.; Colwell, Robert K.; Fuhrman, Jed A.; Green, Jessica L.; Kane, Matthew; Krumins, Jennifer; Kuske, Cheryl; Morin, Peter J.; Naeem, Shahid; Ovreas, Lise; Reysenbach, Anna-Louise; Smith, Val H.; Staley, James T. 2006. Microbial biogeography: Putting microorganisms on the map. Nature Reviews Microbiology. Vol: 4(2). Pages 102-112.
Journal Article Smith, Val H.; Foster, Bryan L.; Grover, James P.; Holt, Robert D.; Leibold, Mathew A.; deNoyelles Jr., Frank. 2005. Phytoplankton species richness scales consistently from laboratory microcosms to the world's oceans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 102(12). Pages 4393-4396.