Climate change is the largest challenge facing people today, and our lab mission is to understand the microbiology of climate change and apply this knowledge towards climate solutions including biofuels. Read more about our approach and lab values… We work to understand how individual microbes function as part of communities, and how microbial functions scale … Continue reading Molecular Microbial Ecology Lab
Microbes are everywhere, and almost always live in complex communities. Students in my classes will be able to discuss how microbes are diverse, why diversity matters, and microbial interactions with the environment. Students are encouraged to develop skills of persistence, self compassion and courage, and to make use of the self evaluation rubric (pdf) on their … Continue reading Teaching
We’re hiring! This position is a full-time postdoctoral researcher position in the UMass Molecular Microbial Ecology Lab, with the intention of studying the microbial traits associated with growth and resource acquisition from necromass biomolecules in soils and soil communities.
Research led by Luiz Domeignoz-Horta and Grace Pold shows that chronic warming stress decreases the rate at which soil microbes respire CO2—but that this effect is dampened after leaf litter inputs from fall.
We have a new project sponsored by the Department of Energy to address the question, How do microbes and minerals make necromass that persists?
We are looking for a graduate student researcher to conduct field and laboratory studies to trace 13C-labeled substrates through food webs and into soil compartments into stable, microbial, or mineral (CO2) fates.
Are you interested in research at the intersection of microbiology, ecology, and biogeochemistry? Do you want to work with molecular data, sequencing, stable isotopes, proteomics, and modeling? Do you want to work with an interdisciplinary team at the vibrant UMass Amherst in the beautiful Pioneer Valley?
The graduate student will collect soils from the warming experiment, conduct the substrate addition experiments, extract proteins for the SIP-proteomics (to be performed by NCSU), extract DNA and perform SIP-metagenomics and community analysis. In addition, they will assist with mentorship of our summer high school student interns who will work with their laboratory projects.
Students can expect to gain expertise in molecular, microbiology, and bioinformatics skills as part of their degree. They will publish at least one first-author paper in a major journal, with more likely. They will travel to at least one national and international meeting per year, in addition to the DOE PI meeting, and present their research. Please review our lab expectations to understand more about our lab culture and values.
The DOE has sponsored a new project for us to work with lead Jenny Bhatnagar and collaborators Pam Templer, Caitlin Hicks-Pries, Charlie Driscoll, and Elsa Abs at the Hubbard Brook CCASE warming and freeze-thaw experiment. How will microbes adapt to warming and alternative electron acceptors in a climate change future? We’ll let you know!
From left to right: DeAngelis, Templer, and Bhatnagar lab groups sampling CCASE in summer of 2022; Rachel Simoes, undergrad at UMass; Megan Mitchell, graduate student at UMass OEB.
Update: our lab is full for Fall 2022, but let us know if you’re interested in work for spring or summer 2023!
Welcome back to campus! Our lab has room for a couple of undergraduates to work in the lab this semester for independent study credits or pay. We are especially interested in sophomores who are looking for a longer term research experience.