Microbial Ecology Laboratory

Liu, S., Parsons, R., Opalk, K., Bates, N., Giovannoni, S., Bolanos, L.M., Kujawinksi, E.B., Longnecker, K., Lu Y., Halewood, E., and Carlson, C.A. (2020) “Different carboxy-rich alicyclic molecules proxy compounds select distinct bacterioplankton for oxidation of dissolved organic matter in the mesopelagic Sargasso Sea.” Limnology and Oceanography 1-22 doi:10.1002/lno.11405McDonald, N., Achterberg, E.P., Carlson, C.A., Gledhill, M., Liu, S. Matheson-Barker, J.R., Nelson, N.B., Parsons, R.J. (2019). The role of heterotrophic bacteria and Archaea in the transformation of lignin in the open ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science 6(743) https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00743

Saw, J.H.W., Nunoura, T., Hirai, M., Takaki, Y., Parsons, R., Michelsen, M., Longnecker, K., Kujawinski, E.B., Stepanauskas, R., Landry, Z., Carlson, C.A., and Giovannoni, S.J. (2019) Pangenomics reveal diversification of enzyme families and nich specialization in globally abundant SAR202 bacteria. bioRxivhttps://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.02975-19

James, A, Carlson, C., Passow, U, Brzezinski, M, Parsons, RJ and Trapani, JN. (2017) “Elevated bacterioplankton removal of organic carbon.” PLoS ONE 12(3):e0173145. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0173145

McNally, S.P., Parsons, R.J., Santoro, A.E., and Apprill, A. (2017). Multifaceted impacts of the stony coral Porites astreoides on picoplankton abundance and community composition. Limnology and Oceanography 62, 217-234. DOI: 10.1002/lno.10389

Zhang, T., Diaz, J.M., Brighi, C., Parsons, R.J., McNally, S., Apprill, A., and Hansel, C.M. (2016). Dark Production of Extracellular Superoxide by the Coral Porites astreoides and Representative Symbionts. Frontiers in Marine Science 3, 232. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2016.00232

Apprill, A., McNally, S., Parsons, R. and Weber, L. 2015 “Minor revision to V4 region SSU rRNA 806R gene primer greatly increases detection of SAR11 bacterioplankton” AME Vol. 75, No. 2. doi: 10.3354/ame01753

Goldsmith, D.B., Parsons, R.J., Beyene, D., Salamon, P. and Breitbrt, M. 2015 “Deep sequencing of the viral phoH gene reveals temporal variation, depth-specific composition, and persistent dominance of the same viral phoH genes in the Sargasso Sea.” PeerJ 3, e997. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.997

Parsons, RJ, Nelson, CE, Demnan, CC, Andersson, AJ, Kledzik, AL, Vergin, K, McNally, SP, Treusch, AH, Carlson, CA, and Giovannoni, SJ. (2014) Marine bacterioplankton community turnover within seasonally hypoxic waters of a sub-tropical sound: Devil's Hole, Bermuda. Environmental Microbiology doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12445.

Marston, M.F., Taylor, S., Sme, N, Parsons, R.J., Noyes, T.J.E. and Martiney J.B.H. 2013 “Marine cyanophages exhibit local and regional biogeography”. Environmental Microbiology, 15: 1452-1463. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.12062

Parsons, R.J., Breitbart, M., Lomas, M.W., Carlson, C. (2011). Ocean time-series reveals recurring seasonal patterns of virioplankton dynamics in the northwestern Sargasso SeaThe ISME Journal (August): 1-12.

Carlson, C.A., Morris, R., Parsons, R., Treusch, A.H., Giovannoni, S.J., Vergin, K. (2009). Seasonal dynamics of SAR11 populations in the euphotic and mesopelagic zones of the northwestern Sargasso Sea. The ISME Journal 3: 283-295.

Angly, F.E., Felts, B., Breitbart, M., Salamon, P., Edwards, R.A., Carlson, C., Chan, A.M., Haynes, M., Kelley, S., Liu, H., Mahaffy, J.M., Mueller, J.E., Nulton, J., Olson, R., Parsons, R., Rayhawk, S., Suttle, C.A., Rohwer, F. (2006). PLoS Biol 4(11): e368. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040368.

Venter, J.C., Remington, K., Heidelberg, J.F., Halpern, A.L., Rusch, D., Eisen, J.A., Wu, D., Paulsen, I., Nelson, K.E., Nelson, W., Fouts, D.E., Levy, S., Knap, A.H., Lomas, M.W., Nealson, K., White, O., Peterson, J., Hoffman, J., Parsons, R., Baden-Tillson, H., Pfannkoch, C., Rogers, Y., Smith, H.O. (2004). Environmental genome shotgun sequencing of the Sargasso Sea. Science 304: 66-74.

Project Contact

Rachel Parsons
Research Specialist, Microbial Ecology Laboratory
Tel: 441-297-1880 x726


Project Team

Dr. Craig Carlson
Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara


Dr. Stephen Giovannoni
Professor, Oregon State University


Jessica Godfrey
Research Technician


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