Check out Steve Allison’s op-ed commentary about threats to environmental science funding in the LA Times Daily Pilot.
Congratulations to Wally Xie for being awarded an Honorable Mention in this year’s NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition!
Steve Allison visited Capitol Hill this week to advocate for sustained federal funding of environmental science research.
Congratulations to undergraduates Gaby Barajas, Lizzie Stogner, and Devan Nisson for receiving Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program grants!
Our collaborative work on the temperature response of soil respiration was recently published in PNAS: “Temperature response of soil respiration largely unaltered with experimental warming”.
Check out our paper that just came out in Science: “Radiocarbon constraints imply reduced carbon uptake by soils during the 21st century”!
And related news coverage at The Guardian.
The Allison Lab is recruiting! We are searching for postdocs and PhD students to work on a DOE-funded project that aims to quantify microbial responses to drought and consequences for the carbon cycle. Positions are open in trait-based modeling and microbial community or physiological analysis. Check the advertisement and Join page for instructions.
A big congratulations to Nameer Baker for successfully defending his dissertation ”Climate drivers of microbial decomposition in southern California” on 8/29!
Congratulations to Nameer Baker for winning an Honorable Mention for the Elizabeth Sulzman Award, sponsored by the ESA Biogeosciences Section! The award recognizes his Ecology publication “Ultraviolet photodegradation facilitates microbial litter decomposition in a Mediterranean climate”. Also, Nameer will be defending his dissertation on August 29 at 1pm.
Check out our recent publication in the ISME Journal by Sarah Evans: “Effects of dispersal and selection on stochastic assembly in microbial communities”.
Congratulations to postdoc Pete Homyak for winning the ESA Gene Likens Award for his recent PNAS publication “Aridity and plant uptake interact to make dryland soils hotspots for nitric oxide (NO) emissions”!
Congratulations to Nameer Baker for winning the Forest Shreve Research Fund Award from the Ecological Society of America!
Congratulations to Kelly Ramin for successfully advancing to candidacy for her PhD!
Congratulations to Wally Xie for earning an Honorable Mention in this year’s NSF GRFP competition!
The past few months have been busy!
Former PhD student Amy Zimmerman has accepted an Assistant Professor position in Biology/Microbiology at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Congratulations Amy!
Also check a recent paper published in collaboration with Adam Martiny’s lab: “Resource allocation by the marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus WH8102 in response to different nutrient supply ratios”
and our recent review articles about soil carbon models:
Congratulations to Nameer Baker for winning the Public Impact Distinguished Fellowship for his work on climate change and California microbial communities!
Check out our recent collaborative publication on quantum dots in PLoS One: "Quantum dots reveal shifts in organic nitrogen uptake by fungi exposed to long-term nitrogen enrichment".
Kicking off our new NSF-funded project last week; this is a climate gradient site in the San Jacinto mountains. #UCIClimateExperiment
"Causes of variation in soil carbon simulations from CMIP5 Earth system models and comparison with observations" by former PhD student Kathe Todd-Brown was the top-cited article in Biogeosciences for 2014!
Congratulations to undergraduate researchers Dorothy Tan, Richard Nguyen, Nasser Hasan, Andrew Kavli, and Melissa Kosla on their graduation! Also congratulations to Dorothy, Richard, and Nasser for being awarded Excellence in Research for their projects in the lab!
After Allison Lab bowling night fun at Irvine Lanes:
Steve Allison will be receiving the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research from the Ayala School this year! The award will be recieved at the UROP Symposium on May 16 where six Allison Lab undergraduates will be giving research presentations.
Congratulations to undergrad Dorothy Tan for winning the Robert Ernst Prize for Excllence in Plant Biology and undergrad Nasser Hasan for winning the Robert Ernst Prize for Excellence in the Biological Sciences! Both students won these awards for their Excellence in Research projects.
A collaborative manuscript led by Anthony Amend entitled "Microbial response to simulated global change is phylogenetically conserved and linked with functional potential" was just accepted by the ISME Journal!
A manuscript led by Jen Martiny lab PhD student Kristin Matulich entitled "Temporal variation overshadows the response of leaf litter microbial communities to simulated global change" was just accepted by the ISME Journal!
A manuscript entitled "Drying and substrate concentrations interact to inhibit decomposition of carbon substrates added to combusted Inceptisols from a boreal forest" by former postdoc Donovan German has been accepted by Biology and Fertility of Soils.
Also see the review article in Science this week on which former PhD student Amy Zimmerman was a coauthor. Congratulations Amy!
Congratulations to Nasser Hasan and a separate team including Dorothy Tan, Richard Nguyen, Delaney Islip, Andrew Kavli, and Melinda Lee for being awarded grants from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program!
Congratulations to Nameer Baker on being awarded a Mathias Grant for his dissertation research in the UC Natural Reserves!
Nameer Baker's manuscript "Ultraviolet photodegradation facilitates microbial decomposition of litter in a Mediterranean climate" was just accepted for publication in Ecology. Congratulations Nameer!
Our manuscript "Cellulolytic potential under environmental changes in microbial communities from grassland litter" by Berlemont et al. has been accepted by Frontiers in Microbiology!
Steve Allison's paper "Modeling adaptation of carbon use efficiency in microbial communities" has been accepted at Frontiers in Microbiology!
Welcome to Will Sherman and Lara Clemens who will be joining the lab for the fall as Mathematical, Computational and Systems Biology rotation students!
The Earth System Science department has produced a snazzy new video on YouTube that includes Allison Lab undergraduate Nasser Hasan sampling water around the 1 minute mark!
Our paper "Substrate concentration constraints on microbial decomposition" has been published in Soil Biology & Biochemistry with former undergrad Stephany Chacon and former postdoc Donovan German as co-authors!
Welcome to Cathrine Gundersen who will be in the Allison lab through December as a visiting PhD student from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oslo, Norway!
Results of a collaboration with Northern Arizona University have just been published in Nature Climate Change: "Accelerated microbial turnover but constant growth efficiency with warming in soil". Check out the press release by NAU!
Steve Allison is on the way to England to give lectures at the Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in Soil Microbiology Focus Meeting in Loughborough, the Isaac Newton Institute and Microsoft Research in Cambridge, and Oxford University.
Postdoc Sarah Evans will be starting her own lab at Michigan State's Kellogg Biological Station in August. Her lab website is now available here.
Members of the Allison lab after Steve's Long Beach Chorale concert at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on June 8:
Congratulations to PhD candidate Nameer Baker for passing his advancement exam!
Congratulations to undergrad Annmarie Mendoza who gave an excellent oral presentation on her lab research at the UROP conference this past weekend!
Our collaborative paper with Adam Martiny's group "Elemental stoichiometry of Fungi and Bacteria strains from grassland leaf litter" has been accepted by Soil Biology & Biochemistry!
Postdoc Seeta Sistla saw the UCI mascot while doing her fieldwork in Nicaragua:
Our paper "Extracellular enzyme production and cheating in Pseudomonas fluorescens depend on diffusion rates" has been accepted by Frontiers in Microbiology.
Kathe Todd-Brown's paper "Changes in soil organic carbon storage predicted by Earth system models during the 21st century" has been accepted at Biogeosciences.
Congratulations to undergraduate Annmarie Mendoza for being awarded a UROP grant to support her project "Adaptive Temperature-Based Evolution Affecting the Fungal Extracellular Enzyme Activity of Neurospora discreta"!
Steve Allison's collaborative project with Jianwei Li at the University of Oklahoma has been published online in Biogeochemistry: "Soil carbon sensitivity to temperature and carbon use efficiency compared across microbial-ecosystem models of varying complexity"
Kathe's paper "Changes in soil organic carbon storage predicted by Earth system models during the 21st century" is under review as a discussion paper at Biogeosciences Discussions.
Kathe successfully defended her dissertation today. Congratulations Dr. Todd-Brown!
PhD student Kathe Todd-Brown will be defending her dissertation on Tues Nov 26 at 1pm in Croul Hall 3101 (Round Room)!
Former PhD student Amy Zimmerman's paper "Phylogenetic constraints on elemental stoichiometry and resource allocation in heterotrophic marine bacteria" has been accepted by Environmental Microbiology. Congratulations Amy!
Also, her manuscript "Phosphate supply explains variation in nucleic acid allocation but not C : P stoichiometry in the Western North Atlantic" is published for comment in Biogeosciences Discussions.
Postdoc Seeta Sistla is giving a talk at the Arctic Futures Symposium 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.
A paper led by former undergraduate Chris Bach and former postdoc Donovan German is now published online in Soil Biology and Biochemistry: "Measuring phenol oxidase and peroxidase activities with pyrogallol, L-DOPA, and ABTS: Effect of assay conditions and soil type". Congratulations Chris!
Congratulations to Sarah Evans, who will be starting a faculty position at the Kellogg Biological Station (Michigan State Univ.) next year!
Steve Allison discussed climate change and microbial carbon cycling with Mike DeLeonardis on KPFT 90.1 FM in Houston [mp3]
Our collaborative paper "Global soil carbon projections are improved by modelling microbial processes" is now published online in Nature Climate Change. This work shows that global soil carbon depends on the degree of microbial adaptation under climate change. Also see the UCI press release.
Amy Zimmerman successfully defended her dissertation! Congratulations Amy!
Emma Aronson's paper "Environmental impacts on the diversity of methane-cycling microbes and their resultant function" is now published in Frontiers in Microbiology.
Our collaborative paper "A model for variable phytoplankton stoichiometry based on cell protein regulation" is now published in Biogeosciences.
Undergraduate Stephanie Chen has been awarded Excellence in Research for her project "Response of grassland microbial activity to nitrogen and precipitation treatments". Congratulations Stephanie!
Steve Allison has been named an Early Career Fellow by the Ecological Society of America for 2013-2017.
Kathe received a Jenkins Graduate Fellowship to support her research in Earth System Science--Congratulations Kathe!
Seeta Sistla has joined the lab as a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoc. Welcome Seeta!
Former REU student Charlotte Alster's paper "Microbial enzymatic responses to drought and to nitrogen addition in a southern California grassland" is published in Soil Biology and Biochemistry.
Kelly Ramin will be joining our lab as a PhD student beginning Fall 2013. Welcome Kelly!
Charlotte Alster's paper "Microbial enzymatic responses to drought and to nitrogen addition in a southern California grassland" was just accepted by Soil Biology and Biochemistry. Congratulations! Charlotte was an NSF REU student in the lab.
Kathe's paper "Causes of variation in soil carbon simulations from CMIP5 Earth system models and comparison with observations" is now published online in Biogeosciences. Congratulations Kathe!
Steve received official word that he will be granted tenure at UCI, effective July 1!
Amy's paper "Microdiversity of extracellular enzyme genes among sequenced bacterial genomes" is now published online in the ISME Journal. Congratulations Amy!
Our collaborative manuscript "Fundamentals of microbial resistance and resilience" was accepted for publication in Frontiers in Microbiology.
Our manuscript "Microbial abundance and composition influence litter decomposition response to environmental change" was accepted for publication in Ecology.
Kathe's manuscript "Causes of variation in soil carbon predictions from CMIP5 Earth system models and comparison with observations" is published and available for comment in Biogeosciences Discussions.
We are looking for talented PhD students to join the lab for Fall 2013. Contact Steve Allison if you are interested in applying.
Check out our newest publication in Frontiers in Microbiology: "Cooperation, competition, and coalitions in enzyme-producing microbes: social evolution and nutrient depolymerization rates".
Congratulations to postdoc Emma Aronson on her new faculty position at UC Riverside in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology; she will be starting summer 2013. Also congratulations on her paper "Meta-analysis of environmental impacts on nitrous oxide release in response to N amendment" published in Frontiers in Microbiology.
Steve Allison comments to the LA Times on Science paper documenting trophic effects on litter decomposition.
Congratulations to Amy Zimmerman for winning the Edward A. Steinhaus Award for outstanding teaching and mentoring!
Congratulations to Sarah Evans for receiving an NSF Math and Biology postdoc fellowship. She will be joining our lab in the fall.
Steve Allison's paper "A trait-based approach for modelling microbial litter decomposition" was recently published in Ecology Letters.