Here is some of the press that covered the impacts of the storm on my lab, institute, lab members, and family.
Congrats Nina and Kiley!
This paper details the genetic diversity of these sediments and describes genomes belonging to a uncultured archaeal group (GoM-Arc1) that contain novel pathways for hydrocarbon cycling, related to ANME (anaerobic methane oxidizers).
In addition to Theionarchaea, this new paper that appears in ISME Journal also details a variety of archaeal genomes there were obtained from the White Oak River Estuary in North Carolina. This digram summarizes the ecological roles we have inferred from these genomes. This is important because NONE of these lineages have been grown in a laboratory, so having their genomes has significantly advanced our understanding of what they do in nature.
This week our new paper describing the discovery of 4 archaea phyla that are related to eukaryotes was published in Nature. These phyla are belong to the same branch of life and have been named after different Norse gods, Thor, Odin, Heimdall, and Loki. This is a collaboration with Thijs Ettema’s lab in Sweden. Last year we published the discovery of Thorarchaeota in ISME.
This paper adds 2 additional phyla, Odinarchaeota and Heimdallarchaeota. The focus of this paper is further resolve the phylogenetic position of eukaryotes in this new superphylum. It also examines the presence of several new ESPs or eukaryotic signature proteins. These proteins were mostly thought to exist in eukaryotes, but these genomes contain a variety of them!
Press releases to accompany this study:
by Rachel Mackelprang & Olivia U. Mason
DNA-SIP metagenomic experimental strategy for the identification and characterization of hydrocarbon-degrading microorgansims from DWH oil spill deep-plume and surface-slick samples.
Roy Rodriguez Carrero has joined the lab as an REU student for the summer.
Roy is doing some exciting work looking at the diversity and metabolisms of deeply-branched Archaea in the estuaries in south TX.
Through a collaboration with the Teske Lab (UNC) and Tony Gutierrez my 2015 REU student and postdoc (Nina Dombrowski) reconstructed several genomes from DNA-SIP experiments run on DWH spill oil in 2010.
Hydrocarbon degradation pathways in uncultured bacteria from the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill
The genomic hunt for oil-degrading bacteria after the Deepwater Horizon blowout: More than the usual suspects
This cover of The National from Scotland.