Jennifer B.H. Martiny

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Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

Co-Director, UCI Microbiome

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1999, Biological Sciences

Phone: (949) 824-0487
Fax: (949) 824-2181

University of California, Irvine
3029 Biological Sciences III
University of California
Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
microbiomes, community ecology, microbial diversity, global change biology, experimental evolution
Academic Distinctions
Fellow of the Ecological Society of America
Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
Fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science
2017-2020 Chancellor's Fellow, UCI
2012 VELUX Visiting Professor to Copenhagen University
2011 NAS Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow
2005 Junior Investigator Award, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
2004 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
2003 Career Enhancement Fellow, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Research Abstract
Our lab aims to uncover fundamental principles of the generation and maintenance of diversity in microbial communities across environmental, engineered, and human systems. To do this, we bring together perspectives from microbiology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. We investigate the mechanisms underlying microbial biogeographic patterns and the consequences of this diversity for ecosystem functioning, particularly in the face of environmental change.
Selected recent publications:

Oliver et al. 2021. High-Fiber, Whole-Food Dietary Intervention Alters the Human Gut Microbiome but not Fecal Short-Chain Fatty Acids. mSystems. 10.1128/mSystems.00115-21.

Chase, B. Alexander, C. Weihe, J.B.H. Martiny. 2021. Adaptive differentiation and rapid evolution of a soil bacterium along a climate gradient. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 118 (18) e2101254118.

Finks, S.S., C. Weihe, S. Kimball, S.D. Allison, A.C. Martiny, K.K. Treseder, J.B.H. Martiny. 2021. Microbial community response to a decade of simulated global changes depends on the plant community. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 9 (1): 00124.

Microbiome Centers Consortium COVID Committee. 2020. Coordinating and Assisting Research at the SARS-CoV-2/Microbiome Nexus. mSystems: 5 (6) e00999-20.

Walters, K.E. and J.B.H. Martiny. 2020. Alpha-, beta-, and gamma-diversity of bacteria varies across habitats. Plos One 15 (9), e0233872.

Rodriguez CI and JBH Martiny. 2020. Evolutionary relationships among bifidobacterial and their hosts and environments. BMC Genomics 21 (1), 26.

Isobe, K., N.J. Bouskill, E.L. Brodie, E.A. Sudderth, and J.B.H. Martiny. 2020. Phylogenetic conservation of soil bacterial responses to simulated global changes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 375: 20190242.

Martiny, J.B.H., K.L. Whiteson, B.J.M. Bohannan, L.A. David, N.A. Hynson, et al. 2020. The emergence of microbiome centres. Nature Microbiology 5: 2-3.

Chase A.B., P. Arevalo, E. Brodie, M. Polz, U. Karaoz, and J.B. Martiny. 2019. Maintenance of sympatric and allopatric populations in free-living terrestrial bacteria. mBio 10: e02361-19.

Khalili, B., C. Weihe, S. Kimball and J.B.H. Martiny. 2019. Optimization of a method to quantify soil bacterial abundance by flow cytometry. mSphere 4:e00435-19.

Isobe, K. S.D. Allison, B. Khalili, A.C. Martiny, and J.B.H. Martiny. 2019. Phylogenetic conservation of bacterial responses to soil nitrogen addition across continents. Nature Communications. 10: 2499.

Cavicchiolo, R., K. Timmis, W. Ripple et al. [and 27 others]. 2019. Scientists’ warning to humanity: Microorganisms and climate change. Nature Reviews Microbiology.

Albright, M.B.N., A.B. Chase, and J.B.H. Martiny. 2019. Experimental evidence that stochasticity contributes to bacterial composition and functioning in a decomposer community. mBio.10.1128/mBio.00568-19
Other Experience
Assistant/Associate Professor
Brown University 2000—2006

Research Center
UCI Microbiome Center
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