Jennifer B.H. Martiny

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Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

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
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.
Recent publications:

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.

Malik, A., J.B.H. Martiny, A.C. Martiny, E. Brodie, K.K. Treseder, and S.D. Allison. 2019. Defining trait-based microbial strategies with consequences for soil carbon cycling under climate change. ISME Journal.

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.

Wandro, S., A. Oliver, T. Gallagher, C. Weihe, W. England, J.B.H. Martiny, and K. Whiteson. 2019.
Predictable molecular adaptation of coevolving Enterococcus faecium and lytic phage EfV12-phi1. Frontiers in Microbiology 9:3192. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.03192.

Glassman, S.I., C. Weihe, J. Li, M.B.N. Albright, C.I. Looby, A.C. Martiny, K.K. Treseder, S.D. Allison, and J.B.H. Martiny. 2018. Decomposition responses to climate depend on microbial community composition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: 11994-11999.

Chase, A.B., Z. Gomez-Lunar, A.E. Lopez, J. Li, S.D. Allison, A.C. Martiny, and J.B.H. Martiny. 2018. Emergence of soil bacterial ecotypes along a climate gradient. Environmental Microbiology. 20: 4112-4126.

Albright, M.B.N., B. Timalsina, J.B.H. Martiny, and J. Dunbar. 2018. Comparative genomics of nitrogen cycling pathways in Bacteria and Archaea. Microbial Ecology. 77:597-606.

Baker, N., B. Khalili, J.B.H. Martiny, and S. D. Allison. 2018. Microbial decomposers not constrained by climate history along an elevation gradient in southern California. Ecology. 99: 1441-1452.

Chase, A.B. and J.B.H. Martiny. 2018. The importance of resolving biogeographic patterns of microbial microdiversity. Microbiology Australia. 39: doi: 10.1071/MA18003.

Curd, E.E., J.B.H. Martiny, H. Li, and T.B. Smith. 2018. Bacterial diversity is positively correlated with soil heterogeneity. Ecosphere. 9:e02079.

Albright, M.B.N. and J.B.H. Martiny. 2018. Dispersal alters bacterial diversity and composition in a natural community. The ISME Journal 12: 296-299.

Chase, A.B. U. Karaoz, E.L. Brodie, Z. Gomez-Lunar, A.C. Martiny, and J.B.H. Martiny. 2017. Microdiversity of an abundant terrestrial bacterium encompasses extensive variation in ecologically-relevant traits. mBio. 8:e01809-17.
Other Experience
Assistant/Associate Professor
Brown University 2000—2006

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