THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Research in marine and freshwater microbial ecology

 

Steven W. Wilhelm 

Kenneth and Blaire Mossman Professor

Department of Microbiology

 

Office: 865-974-0665    Labs: 865-974-0682  /  865-974-4014

OCEANOGRAPHY   -   LIMNOLOGY  -   GENOMICS

 

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Viral impacts on Aquatic Food Webs

  • Developing better models for marine biogeochemical cycles

  • Understanding the causes of Microcystis blooms  

  • Giant viruses in marine systems

  • incorporating viruses and microbes into climate change models  

  • Toxic cyanobacteria in aquatic systems

  • Real time quantitative molecular tools for microbial ecology 

  • Microbial genetics, diversity and physiology

 
 

PEOPLE               PROJECTS               PUBLICATIONS

 

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Toxic cyanobacterial bloom in Lake Taihu October 2014

Scientists and crew work to clear a spot in the ice to sample - Lake Erie Feb 2007

The Aquatic Microbial Ecology Research Group (aka the 6th floor) - Aug 2014


NEWS 
Feb 2016   Professor Wilhelm is excited to be named amongst the inaugural class of ASLO Fellows
Feb 2016   Professor Wilhelm is excited to be elected to the American Academy of Microbiology as part of the 2016 class - see the UT story here
May 2016   Special issue of Harmful Algae on CyanoHABs is out!

PRESS

Jan 2016   The latest paper from your NIMBioS working group is out in Nature Microbiology
Jan 2016   Our NIMBioS work has received lots of positive press - for example check out EurekAlert
Feb 2016   Kudos to Dr LeCleir and former REU-er Jennifer Gribble.  The malaria microbiome paper is out in PNAS and getting lots of press.     Also see the article in Scientific American
Sept 2016   Joshua Stough's transcriptomes of malaria-resistant microbiomes is now up on Frontiers in Microbiology
Oct 2016   The Department of Microbiology is hiring in the area of Math/Statistics/Modeling of Microbiology

 Affiliations

 The main home for the lab is the Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee.  Most students are affiliated with this department.    Other departments we are affiliated with:

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology        UTK/ORNL Program in Genome Science and Technology         Earth & Planetary Sciences

Fall 2002

 

        

Spring 2015

 

Fall 2016

 

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.... former graduate students

 

Morgan Steffen 

Systems biology of Microcystis blooms (Ph.D. 2014)

Shafer Belisle 

Urea as a nutrient source for Lake Erie blooms (M. Sc. 2014)

Tiana Pimentel 

Environmental constraints on cyanomyophage in the Pacific Ocean (MSc 2013)

Claire Campbell

The effects of nutrient limition and cyanophage on heterotrophic microbial diversity (M.Sc. 2012)

Audrey Matteson

Quantification and ecological perspectives on cyanophage and aquatic viruses (Ph.D. 2011)

Matthew Saxton   

Constraints on primary production in Lake Erie (Ph.D. 2011)

Star Loar  

Seasonal Variation in Lake Erie Picoplankton (M.Sc. 2009)

Janet Rowe 

Ecological aspects of viruses in marine systems (Ph.D. 2008)

Johanna Rinta-Kanto

Biogeography and genetic diversity of toxin producing cyanobacteria in a Laurentian Great Lake (PhD. 2006)

Leo Poorvin

The role of viruses in Fe cycling in the World's oceans (Ph.D. 2005)

Julie L. Higgins

Virus dynamics in high nutrient - low chlorophyll marine surface waters (M.Sc. 2005)

Cecile E. Mioni

Using a bioluminescent bacterial bioreporter to assess iron bioavailability in the ocean (Ph.D. 2004)

Melanie Eldridge

The effects of Fe on plankton in HNLC regions of the world's oceans (Ph.D. 2004)

Amanda L. Dean

The dynamics, distribution, and activity of viruses in Lake Erie (M.Sc. 2004)

Shannon Pedigo-Eftland

The effects of iron on growth and physiology of the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa (M.Sc. 2004)

Johanna Rinta-Kanto

The effects of viral size class enrichments on microbial communities in marine systems   (M.Sc. 2001)

 

   

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