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- Research: The lab obtained funding from the University of Michigan Water Center for two projects: One will support our work to use environmental DNA-based quantification of dreissenid mussels and their impacts on freshwater microbial community structure and function, the second will fund a project led by Dr. Gregory Dick (UM EES) to integrate microbial genomics, environmental chemistry, and ecosystem processes to understand harmful algal blooms .
- People: Congratulations to Edna Chiang who was awarded an Honors Summer Fellowship and to Amelia Waters who was awarded a UROP Summer Biomedical and Life Sciences Fellowship !!!
- People: Michelle Park joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher for Winter 2014. She will attempt to render algal cultures from the Cardinale lab bacterium and fungal-free.
- People: Amelia Waters joins the lab as an UROP undergraduate researcher for Fall 2013 - Winter 2014. She will study the effects of zebra mussel invasion on freshwater microbial communities
- Research: Marian and Vincent join NOAA Great Lakes Ecological Research Laboratory's September 2013 research cruise on Lake Michigan to sample microbial communities. This is the last series of samples that will provide microbial DNA and RNA to be sent to the DOE Joint Genome Institute for sequencing as part of our Community Sequencing Program proposal which was accepted last year.
- Web site: We took some time this summer to update our Research projects and Join the lab pages to reflect current activities in the lab.
- Research: During the summer and fall, Marian is sampling inland lakes to investigate the impact of zebra mussel invasion on heterotrophic bacterioplankton.
- Research: Ann and Vincent join NOAA Great Lakes Ecological Research Laboratory's July 2013 research cruise on Lake Michigan to sample microbial communities. And for once, the weather was perfect! (Quote from the captain: "It only gets better than this if this was a cruise on the Caribbean")
- People: Natalie Imirzian joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher in Summer 2013. She will work on microscopic and molecular characterization of freshwater algal-associated microbial communities
- Research: Ann and Marian join NOAA Great Lakes Ecological Research Laboratory's April 2013 research cruise on Lake Michigan to sample microbial communities.
- Teaching: Microbial Ecology (EEB446) will be offered again in Fall 2013; a newly developed course named “Life: decoded. Genomics in Society (BIOLOGY144)” will be offered in Winter 2014.
- People: A great week for Marian Schmidt who was awarded an NSF GRFP (2013-2017), her first Block research grant to support her 2013 Summer research, and was selected for a course on use of isotopes in ecology. Congratulations Marian!!!.
- Research: We were awarded a collaborative M-Cubed research grant (2012-2014) to study how algal-algal and algal-bacterial interactions may be leveraged for improving biofuels production
- People: Edna Chiang joined the lab as an undergraduate researcher in Fall 2012. She is working on microscopic and molecular characterization of inland lakes and Great Lakes bacterial and nanoflagellate communities
- Research: We were awarded a 2013 DOE JGI Community Sequencing Program grant to characterize microbial communities in the Great Lakes!
- People: Marian Schmidt is the first PhD student to join the lab, in Fall 2012.
- Research: Ann joins NOAA Great Lakes Ecological Research Laboratory's July 2012 research cruise on Lake Huron and is featured in a local news story !
- People: Ann Marie McCarthy joined the lab as Lab Manager in June 2012
- The new lab is ready: we moved into the newly renovated space in June 2012!
- Research: recent work on determining in situ evolutionary rates for bacterial populations appears in Science magazine
- Research: recent work on linking evolutionary divergence to ecological differentiation
- Research: Vincent joins NOAA Great Lakes Ecological Research Laboratory research cruise on Lake Huron to sample microbial communities.
- People: Vincent Denef started as Assistant Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in January 2012 as part of an interdisciplinary cluster in Microbial Ecology at the University of Michigan.
Welcome to the Laboratory of Microbial Evolutionary Ecology at The University of Michigan
The Denef Lab integrates population and community omics approaches with process-level measurements to gather an improved understanding of microbial population dynamics and community functioning within ecosystem context. We are particularly interested in the connections between genomic variation, altered ecological behavior, and shifts in ecosystem functioning, and how they are impacted by short- and long-term environmental change. Our lab currently focuses on impacts of global change on freshwater microbial carbon cycling in north temperate lakes, including the Laurentian Great Lakes.
"A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is the earth's eye"
-Henry David Thoreau (Walden; 1854)
All pictures by V. Denef, except where noted otherwise