Examining Feedbacks Between Microbial Metabolism and Ecosystem Processes

2012 to 2015

Our research addresses several research targets articulated for the Focus I component of the EPSCoR award.  Forest soil work emphasizes the greenhouse gases CO2 and CH4, and capitalizes on, and is in collaboration with, the ongoing and significant ecohydrological research by the McGlynn Research Group (Duke Univ.) at the Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest (TCEF, a sub-alpine forest drainage representative of the Northern Rockies). Efforts here concern soil microbial community structure and function as related to topographical position in the drainage (upland versus riparian), and across a sampling transect spanning an experimental forest clear-cut. Other projects concern: i) mercury monitoring and cycling in prairie potholes (PI, Dr. Sue King, Aaniiih Nakoda College); ii) water quality on the Little Big Horn River (PI: Dr. Anne Camper, MSU in collaboration with Little Big Horn College); iii) methane biosynthesis in an oxic lake water column; iv) microbial community assembly in a strongly stratified under ice covered shallow lake; and in addition v) collaborative research with Focus II groups that examines microbial communities associated with rock biofilms along a river drainage transect, and in the intestinal tracks of honeybees and stoneflies.  In total, nine institutions spanning four states have been involved. 

IoE Graduate Student(s): 


MSU IoE Office

Montana State University
605 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2374
MSU Director: Bruce Maxwell

UM IoE Office

The Universityi of Montana

The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6058
UM Director: Maury Valett


Montana University System

Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620