Archive of past seminars

Miss a seminar?  Interested in what a colleague’s been up to but miss their talk? How about some great resources for teaching? 

Explore our talk archive at our YouTube Channel, or below, organized alphabetically by presenter last name:

Dr. Esther Angert, Cornell University: Go Big — DNA  Dynamics of Very Large Bacteria 08/01/14

Dr. David Baltrus, University of Arizona (@surt_lab): Microbiomes inside of microbes (or why even metagenomics may not paint the whole picture of ecosystem function) 06/24/15

Dr. Maureen Berg, Joint Genome Institute (@MaureenBug): Targeted metagenomics reveals stable association between a seasonally dominant bacteria and it’s phages. 06/13/19

Dr. Daniel Bond & group, University of Minnesota (@wanderingbond): Feeding metal-reducing bacteria with electrodes, or, “do bacteria dream of electric rocks?” 07/17/14

Dr. Eric Boyd, Montana State University: Between a rock and an icy place – mineralogical controls on the assembly of a subglacial microbial community 12/12/14

Dr. Brandon Briggs, Miami University, Ohio (@extrememicrobe): Do extremophile communities in hot spring environments change with the season? 06/06/14

Dr. Robert Brucker, Harvard University (@liveinsymbiosis): Speciation by symbiosis: the microbiome as a unit of selection 08/06/15

Dr. Nicole Buan, University of Nebraska (@nicolebuan): What can we learn from studying weird microbes like methanogens? Or Life depends on manipulating metabolic efficiency 9/22/17

Dr. Paul Carini, University of Maryland (@Paul_Carini): SAR11 mechanisms for surviving phosphate famine 04/16/15

Dr. Vaughn Cooper, University of Pittsburgh (@vscooper): Evolution in biofilms and biofilm-associated infections 01/12/17

Dr. Kristen DeAngelis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, (@kristenobacter): Soil microbial oligotrophs respond to long-term warming in temperate forest soils 09/18/14

Dr. Yana Eglit, Dalhousie University: Protist fishing in microhabitats and the meaning of life 07/24/15

Dr. Suzanne Ford, Monash University (@SuzanneAFord): Coevolutionary interactions between a defensive symbiont and a pathogen and it’s effects on the evolution of pathogen virulence 08/31/17

Dr. Jennifer Glass, Georgia Tech University (@methanoJen): Deep Breathing: Anaerobic Respiration through Space and Time 10/25/18

Dr. Geof Hannigan, Merck ESC (@iprophage): Extracting functional microbiome information through Deep-Learning. 07/25/19

Dr. Tom Hanson, University of Delaware (@hanson_lab): Surprising revelations from studying S(0) metabolism in Chlorobaculum tepidum 02/17/17

Dr. Ellie Harrison, University of Sheffield (@ellieevolves): There’s life within the genome! How evolution shapes interactions between bacteria and mobile genetic elements.  12/06/17

Dr. Laura Hug, UC Berkeley (@LAHug_): Piecing life together – microbial diversity and function through meta-omic analyses 10/23/15

Dr. Mike Jetten, Radboud University (@msmjetten): Impossible anaerobic microbes important in the global methane and nitrogen cycles 05/11/2016

Dr. Michael Johnson, University of Arizona (@blacksciblog): How is copper toxic to Bacteria and why should we care? 03/16/17

Dr. John Kelly, Loyola University (@johnkellymicro):Microbial interactions with emerging contaminants in urban streams 10/26/16

Dr. Kevin Kohl, University of Pittsburgh (@KevinDKohl): Friends for Life: The role of gut microbes in host physiology, ecology, and evolution 02/22/18

Dr. Jonathan Klassen, University of Connecticut (@KlassenLab): How do species interactions structure the microbiome? Lessons from fungus-growing ants 02/18/16

Dr. Brian Kvitko, University of Georgia (@KvitkoPhD): Dazed and Confused: How does plant immunity suppress bacterial virulence?  04/27/17

Dr. Deric Learman, Central Michigan University (@GeoMicro_DRL): Microbial redox transformations: Examining the how and pondering the why 07/03/14

Dr. Wil Leavitt, Dartmouth College: Taking vitals after death: isotopic & proteomic indicators of a sulfate reducer’s metabolic state. 12/19/17

Dr. Sarah Lebeis, Univ. of Tennessee at Knoxville (@Slebiomes): Exercising influence: factors that shape plant microbiomes 03/30/16

Dr. Derek Lovley, UMass Amherst (@microbeelectric): Happy Together: Microbial Communities that Hook Up to Swap Electrons 08/10/16 (Note, we had a frozen presentation from ~2 min, 45 sec to 5:45 so skip that section. Working on editing this out.)

Dr. Stephanie Lutz, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam (GFZ) (@SteffiLutz): Glacial surfaces: microbial diversity, biogeography and functions 10/24/17

Dr. Julia Maresca, University of Delaware (@CivilMicro): Efficient, not lazy: Physiological traits of heterotrophic bacteria from a phosphate-limited lake 01/21/16

Dr. Jeff Marlow, Harvard University (@jj_marlow): Methane & Microbial Communities: Uncovering New Habitats and Harnessing a Mysterious Metabolism 04/02/18

Dr. Trina McMahon, University of Wisconsin, Madison (@quendi): Genome-scale dynamics in wild freshwater bacterial populations 12/15/16

Dr. Julie Meyer, University of Florida (@lebetimonas): Microbe-microbe interactions and the role of nutrients in coral disease 11/20/14

Dr. Kat Milligan-Myrhe, University of Alaska at Anchorage (@Napaaqtuk): Adapting an evolutionary model for host-microbe studies  07/27/17

Dr. David Needham, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (@animalkewls): Daily-to-weekly dynamics of marine microbial eukaryotes, bacteria, archaea, and viruses
 and their implications 05/11/17

Dr. Irene Newton, Indiana University Bloomington (@chicaScientific): Necessity is the mother of invention: interactions between an intracellular parasite and its host cytoskeleton 02/12/15

Dr. Charles Pepe-Ranney, Cornell University (@chuck_pr): Tracking carbon into and through the soil microbial community with DNA-SIP 05/19/16 

Dr. Ameet Pinto, Northeastern University (@watermicrobe): Managing microbes at the tap.

Dr. Xuefeng “Nick” Peng, UC Santa Barbara (@peng_xuefeng) From anaerobic fungi to marine fungi: ecology, diversity, and geochemistry 07/19/18

Dr. Mihai Pop, The University of Maryland: Metagenomic assembly – the devil is in the details 08/21/15

Dr. Bethany Rader, Southern Illinois University: Old dogs teaching us old tricks: alkaline phasphatase modulation of LPS signalling in the squid/vibrio symbiosis 04/13/16 

Dr. Ben Roller, Michigan State University (@ben_roller): Every ‘bug’ has its day: predicting bacterial life history tactics using rRNA operon copy number 09/24/15

Dr. Annie Rowe, University of Cincinnati (@electromicRowe): Eating rocks! Microbes that mobilize electrons from minerals, electrodes and other microbes as an energy source 06/12/18

Dr. Pat Schloss, University of Michigan (@PatSchloss): What is past is prologue: Deciphering assembly rules with the murine microbiome 10/17/14

Dr. Lauren Seyler, Rutgers University (@mousquemere): Discerning marine crenarchaeal heterotrophy through stable isotope probing 08/15/14

Dr. Jesse Shapiro, Université de Montréal (@bjesseshapiro): Tradeoffs in the evolution of pathogens within and between patients 06/02/16

Dr. Jason Stajich, University of California, Riverside (@hyphaltip): Digested fungal genomes: several studies of fungal evolution using genomics 05/29/15

Dr. Ben Temperton, University of Exeter, UK (@bentemperton): Sequencing the smallest elephant in the room 07/25/18

Dr. Siobhan Watkins, New Mexico Tech (@DrSivWatkins): “I do not think it means what you think it means”: searching for specific phages in metagenomic datasets 07/14/16

Dr. Karrie Weber, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (@rockNmicrobe): Subsurface biogeochemistry:  What do viruses have to do with it?  08/29/14

Dr. Paula Welander, Stanford University (@PaulaWelander): Reconciling the lipid divide: sterol synthesis in the bacterial domain 09/30/16

Dr. Rachel Whitaker, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (@RachelJWhitaker): Expanding the role for viruses in microbial ecosystems 11/23/15

Dr. Lizzy Wilbanks, University of California, Santa Barbara (@LizzyWilbanks): A sulfurous symbiosis: Microscale sulfur cycling in the pink berry consortia of the Sippewissett Salt Marsh 01/16/15

Dr. Mike Wilkins, The Ohio State University (@mj_wilkins): Who’s doing what? Inferring microbial metabolism and physiology in the subsurface 06/20/14

Dr. Laura Williams, Providence College (@MicroWavesSci):  “Voracious Smalls”: Predatory bacteria in the environment 12/17/15

Dr. Kelly Wrighton, The Ohio State University (@kcwrighton): Tracking fracking: What goes down, might come up 03/20/15

Dr. Luis Zaman, University of Michigan (@LuisZaman): Evolution along the rate-vs-yield tradeoff  11/19/18