University of South Florida

We’ll fix *your* carbon...

Degrees

 

 Ph.D.              Biology. Pennsylvania State University at University Park, 1998.

   B.S.              Microbiology /Molecular Biology. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1991.

 

Thesis

 

 Ph.D.              Inorganic carbon use by hydrothermal vent sulfur chemoautotrophic bacteria.

 

Research Interests

 

Physiological ecology of chemolithoautotrophs.

Marine and freshwater biogeochemistry.

 

Honors

 

University of South Florida (USF) Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2007.

USF Research Rising Star, 2005.

New Researcher Grant, USF, 2004.

Innovative Teaching Award, USF, 2004.

Braddock Fellowship, Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University. 1992 - 1995.

NSF Predoctoral Fellowship, 1992 - 1995.

 

Professional Experience

 

Associate Professor, University of South Florida, August 2009-present.

Assistant Professor, University of South Florida, August 2003-present.

Research Assistant, Harvard University, July 2000 - July 2003.

     Co-Principal Investigator:  Dr. Colleen Cavanaugh.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, July 1998 – July 2000.

     Co-Principal Investigator:  Dr. Colleen Cavanaugh.

Graduate Research Assistant, Pennsylvania State University,

     September 1992 - July 1998.

     Thesis Advisor:  Dr. Charles Fisher.

Undergraduate Research Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Summer 1990.

     Project Advisor:  Dr. Paul Dunlap.

Undergraduate Researcher, University of Michigan, Fall 1988 - Spring 1992.

     Project Advisor:  Dr. Harry Douthit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publications

 

Dobrinski K. and Scott K.M. (2011).  Transcription response by Thiomicrospira crunogena to the concentration of dissolved inorganic carbonIn prep.

Thomas P. J., Boller A. J., Cavanaugh C. M., Tabita F. R., Scott K.M.  (2011).  Isotope fractionation by RubisCO from metabolically versatile proteobacteria.  In prep.

Boller A. J., Thomas P. J., Cavanaugh C. M., Scott K. M.  (2011). Isotope fractionation by RubisCO from marine diatom Skeletonema costatum.  In prep.

Quasem, I., USF Genomics Class of 2006, USF Genomics Class of 2007, USF Genomics Class of 2008, and Scott K.M. (2011).  The citric acid cycle of Thiomicrospira crunogena:  An oddity amongst the Proteobacteria.  In prep.

Scott K. M., Dobrinski K., Boller A., Le Bris N.  (2011). Response of hydrothermal vent vestimentiferan Riftia pachyptila to differences in habitat chemistry.  Submitted.

Boller A. J., Thomas P. J., Cavanaugh C. M., Scott K. M.  (2011). Low stable carbon isotope fractionation by coccolithophore RubisCO.  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.  In press.

Kerfeld C. and Scott K. M. (2011).  Using BLAST to teach 'E-value-tionary' concepts.  PLoS Biol.  9(2): e1001014.

Scott K. M., Fox G., and Girguis P. R. (2011).  Measuring isotope fractionation by autotrophic microorganisms and enzymes.  In “Methods in Methane Metabolism”, Methods in Enzymology, 494:281-99. ed. S. Ragsdale.  Elsevier Inc., Cambridge.

Ditty, J. L., Kvaal, C. A., Axen, S., Kim, E., Kerfeld, C. A., Bailey, C.,  Britton, R. A.,  Goodner, B. W., Freyermuth, S. K., Gordon, S. G., Heinhorst, S., Johns, M. A., Reed, K.,  Sanders-Lorenz, E. R., Scott, K., Xu, Z.  (2010).  Incorporating Genomics and Bioinformatics across the Life Sciences Curriculum.  PLoS Biol 8(8): e1000448. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000448

Dobrinski K., Boller A., and Scott K. M. (2010).  Expression and function of four carbonic anhydrase homologs in deep-sea hydrothermal vent chemolithoautotroph Thiomicrospira crunogena.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76:  3561-3567.

Scott K. M., Sievert S. M., Klotz M. G., Chain P. S. G., Hauser L. J., Hemp J., Hügler M., Land M., Lapidus A., Larimer F. W., Lucas S., Malfatti S. A., Meyer F., Paulsen I. T., Ren Q., Simon J., and the USF Genomics class (2008).  Genome of the epsilonproteobacterial chemolithoautotroph Sulfurimonas denitrificans.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74: 1145-1156.

Scott, K.M., Henn-Sax, M., Longo, D., and Cavanaugh, C.M. (2007) Kinetic isotope effect and biochemical characterization of form IA RubisCO from the marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus marinus MIT9313.  Limnology and Oceanography 52:  2199-2204.

Scott, K.M. and Cavanaugh, C.M. (2007)  CO2 uptake and fixation by endosymbiotic chemoautotrophs from the bivalve Solemya velum. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 73:  1174-1179.

Scott K.M., Sievert SM, Abril FN, Ball LA, Barrett CJ, Blake RA, Boller AJ, Chain PS, Clark JA, Davis CR, Detter C, Do KF, Dobrinski KP, Faza BI, Fitzpatrick KA, Freyermuth SK, Harmer TL, Hauser LJ, Hugler M, Kerfeld CA, Kong WW, Land M, Lapidus A, Larimer FW, Longo DL, Lucas S, Malfatti S, Massey SE, Martin DD, McCuddin Z, Meyer F, Moore JL, Ocampo LH, Paul JH, Paulsen IT, Reep DK, Ren Q, Ross RL, Sato PY, Thomas P, Tinkham LE, Zeruth GT (2006) The genome of the deep-sea vent chemolithoautotroph Thiomicrospira crunogena. Plos Biology 4: 1-17.

Dobrinski, K., Longo, D., and Scott, K.M. (2005) A hydrothermal vent chemolithoautotroph with a carbon concentrating mechanism. Journal of Bacteriology 187:  5741-5766.

Scott, K.M. (2005) Allometry of gill masses, gill surface areas, and foot biomass d13C values of the chemoautotroph-bivalve symbiosis Solemya velum. Mar. Biol. 147:  935-941.

Scott, K.M., Schwedock, J., Schrag, D. P., and Cavanaugh, C.M. (2004) Influence of form IA RubisCO and environmental dissolved inorganic carbon on the d13C of the clam-chemoautotroph symbiosis Solemya velum. Environmental Microbiology 6:  1210-1219.

Schwedock, J., Harmer, T.L., Scott, K.M., Hektor, H.J. Seitz, A.P., Fontana, M.C., Distel, D.L., and Cavanaugh, C.M.  (2004) Characterization and expression of genes from the RubisCO gene cluster of the chemoautotrophic symbiont of Solemya velum:  cbbLSQO.  Archives of Microbiology 182:  18-29.

Scott, K.M., Lu, X., Cavanaugh, C.M., and Liu, J. (2004) Optimal methods for estimating kinetic isotope effects from different forms of the Rayleigh distillation equation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 68:  433-442.

Scott, K.M.  (2003) A d13C-based carbon flux model for the hydrothermal vent chemoautotrophic symbiosis Riftia pachyptila predicts sizeable CO2 gradients at the host-symbiont interface. Environmental Microbiology 5: 424-432.

Robinson, J.J., Scott, K.M., Swanson, S.T., O'Leary, M.H., Horken, K., Tabita, F.R., and Cavanaugh, C.M. (2003) Kinetic isotope effect and characterization of form II RubisCO from the chemoautotrophic endosymbionts of the hydrothermal vent tubeworm Riftia pachyptila. Limnology and Oceanography 48: 48-54.

Smith, E., Scott, K.M., Nix, E., Korte, C., and Fisher, C. (2000) Growth and condition of seep mussels (Bathymodiolus childressi) at a Gulf of Mexico brine pool. Ecology 81: 2392-2403.

Scott, K.M., Bright, M., Macko, S.A., and Fisher, C.R. (1999) Carbon dioxide use with different affinities by chemoautotrophic endosymbionts of the hydrothermal vent vestimeniferans Riftia pachyptila and Ridgeia piscesae. Marine Biology 135: 25-34.

 Scott, K.M., and Fisher, C.R. (1998) The burden of independence:  Inorganic carbon utilization strategies of the sulfur chemoautotrophic hydrothermal vent isolate Thiomicrospira crunogena and the symbionts of hydrothermal vent and cold seep vestimentiferans. Cahiers de Biologie Marine 39: 379-381.

Nix, E., Fisher, C., Vodenichar, J., and Scott, K. (1995) Physiological ecology of a mussel with methanotrophic endosymbionts at three hydrocarbon seep sites in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine Biology 122: 605-617.

Scott, K., and Fisher, C. (1995) Physiological ecology of sulfide metabolism in hydrothermal vent and cold seep vesicomyid clams and vestimentiferan tube worms. American Zoologist 35: 102-111.

MacDonald, I., Guinasso, N., Sassen, R., Brooks, J., Lee, L., and Scott, K.M. (1994) Gas hydrate that breaches the sea floor on the continental slope of the Gulf of Mexico. Geology 22: 699-702.

Scott, K.M., Fisher, C.R., Vodenichar, J.S., Nix, E., and Minnich, E. (1994) Inorganic carbon and temperature requirements for autotrophic carbon fixation by the chemoautotrophic symbionts of the giant hydrothermal vent tube worm, Riftia pachyptila. Physiological Zoology 67: 617-638.

 

Grant Proposals Funded

 

USDA Cooperative State Research and Extension Service: US Department of Agriculture Higher Education Challenge Grants Program.  2008-2010. $73,400.  “Searching the deep sea for clues to enhance agricultural carbon fixation:  An undergraduate research program to isolate, characterize, and sequence novel autotrophs”. 

JGI/DOE Community Sequencing Program.  9 genome sequences.  “Thiomicrospiras:  Ubiquitous sulfur-oxidizing autotrophs from an undersampled lineage of Gammaproteobacteria”. 

NSF-MCB-Cellular Systems; MCB-Genes and Genome Systems, National Science Foundation.  2007-2011.  $635,509 (2 mos/yr summer support for K. Scott). “CAREER:  The carbon concentrating mechanism of the deep-sea hydrothermal vent chemolithoautotroph Thiomicrospira crunogena”.  University of South Florida.

USDA Cooperative State Research and Extension Service: US Department of Agriculture Higher Education Challenge Grants Program.  2005-2006. $47,239.  “Sequence and Consequence:  A hands-on approach to bioinformatics research for undergraduates”. 

USF New Researcher Grant.  2004-2005. $8,735.  “Genes of a hydrothermal vent bacterium induced by low concentrations of carbon dioxide:  Adaptations to the Proterozoic-to-Phanerozoic CO2 crisis”.

USF Innovative Teaching Grant.  2004.  $5,000.  “Making the genomic era a cornucopia for undergraduate biology education”.

Microbial Genome Program, Department of Energy.  2003-2004.  Draft-level genome sequence of Thiomicrospira crunogena and Thiomicrospira denitrificans.  Co-written with Stefan Sievert. “Nomination of Thiomicrospira crunogena and Thiomicrospira denitrificans for genome sequencing by the Department of Energy”.

Biological Oceanography, National Science Foundation.  2003-2006.  $319,553. Co-written with C. Cavanaugh. "Molecular and biochemical basis for stable carbon isotopes in marine autotrophs using Form IC and Form ID RubisCO”.

Biological Oceanography, National Science Foundation.  2000-2003.  $397,879. Co-written with C. Cavanaugh.  "Molecular and biochemical basis for stable carbon isotopes in marine autotrophs using Form IA RubisCO”.

West Coast and Polar Regions Undersea Research Center, National Undersea Research Program. 1998-2000, $117,481 and 6 ALVIN dives. Co-written with C. Cavanaugh. “Environmental, physiological, and molecular factors influencing stable carbon isotope ratios of deep-sea chemoautotrophic symbioses”.

 

 

Invited Presentations

 

“Role of Carbonic Anhydrase in a Chemolithoautotroph”.  Summer 2010, University of Florida.

 “A Bellyful of Bicarbonate:  Surprising Carbon Concentrating Mechanisms in Deep-Sea Vent Bacteria”.  Winter 2010, Harvard University.

“Stable Carbon Isotope Values of Chemoautotrophic Symbioses:  Biochemistry, Anatomy, and Some Unresolved Questions”.  Winter 2009, Observatoire Oceanographique, Banyuls, France.

“Genome-Informed Insights into the Carbon Concentrating Mechanism of Hydrothermal Vent Bacterium Thiomicrospira crunogena”.  Winter 2009, Observatoire Oceanographique, Banyuls, France.

“Isotope Discrimination by Marine RubisCO Enzymes”.  Fall 2009, California Institute of Technology.

“Isotope Discrimination by Phylogenetically Distinct RubisCO Enzymes”.  Summer 2008, Gordon Research Conference:  The Molecular Basis of C1 Metabolism.

“Genomics Curriculum Development”.  Fall 2007, Department of Energy-Joint Genome Institute Undergraduate Research Program in Microbial Genome Annotation Workshop.

“Marine Microbial Carbon Fixation”.  Fall 2007, University of Southern Mississippi Bennett Symposium.

“Marine Microbial Carbon Fixation”.  Spring 2007, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

“Adaptations for chemolithoautotrophy at deep-sea vents apparent from the genome of Thiomicrospira crunogena”.  Summer 2006, Munster, Germany.  International Society for Microbial Sulfur Metabolism.

“The completed genome of Tms. crunogena:  A system optimized for autotrophy at the deep-sea hydrothermal vents”.  Spring 2006.  ASM General Meeting.

 “A carbon concentrating mechanism in a deep-sea chemoautotroph”.  Fall 2004.  The Fifth International Symposium on Inorganic Carbon Utilization by Aquatic Photosynthetic Organisms.

“Stable Carbon Isotope ratios of chemoautotrophic symbioses:  Enzymatic and morphological factors”.  Fall 2003.  University of South Florida College of Marine Science.

"Different choices for different lifestyles:  Inorganic carbon uptake by chemoautotrophic bacteria from hydrothermal vents and elsewhere”.  Fall, 2003.  University of Southern Mississippi.

"Form IA RubisCO from chemoautotrophic bacteria:  Kinetic isotope effects".  Summer, 2002.  Gordon Research Conference:  The Molecular Basis of C1 Metabolism.

"Carbon fixation by chemoautotrophic bacteria from deep-sea hydrothermal vents and elsewhere".  Spring, 2003.  The University of South Florida.

"Carbon dioxide uptake and fixation by chemoautotrophic bacteria from hydrothermal vents and elsewhere".  Spring, 2002.  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

"Strangers in the night, exchanging gases:  What d13C values tell us about gas exchange in chemoautotrophic symbioses".  Winter, 2002.  Clark University.

"Carbon dioxide uptake and fixation by chemoautotrophic bacteria from the hydrothermal vents and elsewhere".  Fall, 2001.  Second International Symposium on Hydrothermal Vent Biology.

"Inorganic carbon uptake by chemoautotrophic bacteria".  Winter, 2000.  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

"Extracellular CO2 and HCO3- use by symbiotic and free-living hydrothermal vent sulfur chemoautotrophs".  Fall, 2000.  Third International Congress on Symbiosis.

"Stable carbon isotope values of organisms at deep-sea vents".  Winter, 2000.  San Francisco State University.

"Carbon fixation by symbiotic and free-living hydrothermal vent chemoautotrophs".  Fall, 1999.  Harvard University.

"Inorganic carbon use at in situ pressure by the endosymbionts of the deep sea hydrothermal vent tubeworm, Riftia pachyptila."  Spring, 1996.  Eberly College of Science Graduate Honors Seminar.

 

Symposia Chaired

"Genomics of Sulfur-Oxidizing Bacteria”. Co-chaired with Stefan Sievert.  ASM General Meeting, May 2006. 

 

Conference Presentations

I. Quasem and K. Scott (2010).  Complete oxidative citric acid cycle in an obligate chemolithoautotroph.  Gordon Research Conference:  The molecular basis of C1 metabolism.

M. Mangiapia and K. Scott (2010).  From CO2 to Cell: Energetic Cost of the Calvin Benson Bassham and Reductive Citric Acid Cycles Based on Genome Data.  Gordon Research Conference:  The molecular basis of C1 metabolism.

K. Scott, K. Dobrinski, A. Boller, K. Menning, I. Quasem, and P. Thomas (2009).  The ship goes down with all hands:  Impact of the hydrothermal vent habitat on the chemolithoautotrophic endosymbionts from the vestimentiferan tubeworm Riftia pachyptila.  General Meeting, American Society for Microbiology.

K. Menning, K. Dobrinski, and K. Scott (2009).  Identifying the components of the carbon concentrating mechanism of deep-sea hydrothermal vent chemolithoautotrophic bacterium Thiomicrospira crunogena.  General Meeting, American Society for Microbiology.

I. Quasem and K. Scott (2009).  Comparative genomics of the citric acid cycle in Proteobacteria.  General Meeting, American Society for Microbiology.

K. Dobrinski and K. Scott (2008).  Gene transcription associated with a chemolithoautotrophic carbon concentrating mechanism.  Gordon Research Conference:  The molecular basis of C1 metabolism.

A. Boller, P. Thomas, C. M. Cavanaugh, and K. Scott (2008).  Isotope discrimination by RubisCO from Skeletonema costatum.  Ocean Sciences Meeting, American Geophysics Union/American Society for Limnology and Oceanography.

P. Thomas, A. Boller, B. Tabita, C. M. Cavanaugh, and K. Scott (2008).  Isotope discrimination by form IC RubisCO from Rhodobacter sphaeroides.  Ocean Sciences Meeting, American Geophysics Union/American Society for Limnology and Oceanography.

K. Dobrinski and K. Scott (2007).  Genes encoding the carbon concentrating mechanism of the hydrothermal vent chemolithoautotroph Thiomicrospira crunogena.  General Meeting, American Society for Microbiology.

J. Paul, J. Mobberly, and K. Scott (2006).  A prophage in the hydrothermal vent obligate chemoautotroph Thiomicrospira crunogena.  American Society for Limnology and Oceanography.

I. L. G. Newton, F. J. Stewart, T. Woyke, P. M. Richardson, K. W. Barry, J. C. Detter, D. C. Bruce, S. Sullivan, K. M. Scott, J. A. Eisen, and C. M. Cavanaugh (2006).  The Calyptogena magnifica symbiont draft genome:  An obligate, maternally transmitted endosymbiont with extensive metabolic capabilities.  General Meeting,  American Society for Microbiology.

A. Boller, P. Thomas, C. Cavanaugh, and K. M. Scott. (2006).  Kinetic isotope effects of form IC/D Rubisco enzymes.  General Meeting, American Society for Microbiology.

K. Dobrinski and K. M. Scott. (2006).  Optimized protocol for introducing DNA into the gamma proteobacterial sulfur chemolithoautotroph Thiomicrospira crunogena.  General Meeting, American Society for  Microbiology.

D. Longo, S. Guerin, and K. M. Scott. (2004).  A Chemolithoautotroph with a Carbon Concentrating Mechanism.  General Meeting, American Society for  Microbiology.

K. M. Scott, J. Schwedock, and C. M. Cavanaugh. (2002).  Form IA RubisCO from chemoautotrophic bacteria:  Kinetic isotope effects.  Annual Meeting, American Society for Limnology and Oceanography.

K. M. Scott, J. J. Robinson, and C. M. Cavanaugh. (2000).  Kinetic parameters of RubisCOs from chemoautotrophic symbioses.  Annual Meeting, American Society for Limnology and Oceanography.

K. M. Scott, J. J. Robinson, and C. M. Cavanaugh. (1999).  Influence of Form I and Form II Rubisco and environmental dissolved inorganic carbon on stable carbon isotope values in chemoautotrophic bacteria. Juan de Fuca Results Symposium.

K. M. Scott, J. J. Robinson, D. T. Nguyen, J. Schwedock, and C. M. Cavanaugh. (1999).  Form I and Form II Rubisco in chemoautotrophic bacteria:  Influence on stable carbon isotope values??  General Meeting, American Society  for Microbiology.

K. M. Scott and C. R. Fisher. (1998). Inorganic carbon use by symbiotic and free-living hydrothermal vent sulfur chemoautotrophs.  Gordon Research Conference on the Molecular Basis of Microbial One-Carbon Metabolism.

K. M. Scott, M. Bright, and C. R. Fisher. (1997). The burden of independence:  Inorganic carbon utilization strategies of the sulfur chemoautotrophic hydrothermal vent isolate Thiomicrospira crunogena and the symbionts of hydrothermal vent and cold seep vestimentiferans.  1st International Conference on Hydrothermal Vent Biology.

K. M. Scott and C. R. Fisher. (1997).  Affinities for inorganic carbon and forms used by the autotrophic symbionts of hydrothermal vent vestimentiferans.  2nd International Congress on Symbiosis.

K. M. Scott and C. R. Fisher. (1996). Inorganic carbon utilization at 204 atmospheres by the endosymbionts of the deep sea hydrothermal vent tubeworm, Riftia pachyptila. Symbiosis 96!

C. R. Fisher, I. A. Urcuyo, D. Julian, and K. M. Scott. (1996).  Hydrothermal vent and cold seep vestimentiferan tubeworms:  Very similar symbiotic associations, very different physiological ecologies.  Symbiosis 96!

K. M. Scott and C. R. Fisher. (1996).  Affinity for inorganic carbon, and the forms of inorganic carbon used, by the autotrophic symbionts of hydrothermal vent vestimentiferans.  Annual Meeting, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

K. M. Scott, J. Vodenichar, and C. R. Fisher. (1993).  Inorganic carbon substrate of the chemoautotrophic symbionts of Riftia pachyptila. Annual Meeting, American Society for Zoology.

E. Nix, K. M. Scott, and C. R. Fisher. (1993).  In situ growth of SM1a:  An undescribed    mytilid fueled by gas. Annual Meeting, American Society for Zoology.

 

Research Cruise Participation

 

2007:       December 25 – January 20, Clipperton Transform Fault, East Pacific Rise

1999:       August 23 - September 6, Endeavor Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge                                                                             April 15 - May 5, Clipperton Transform Fault, East Pacific Rise

 

1998:       July 29 - August 9, Endeavor Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge

 

1997:       July 9 - 18, Louisiana Slope, Gulf of Mexico

                            September 6 - 27, Endeavor Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge

 

1996:       February 9 - March 27, Clipperton Transform Fault, East Pacific Rise

                            October 12 - 20, Endeavor Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge

 

1995:       March 21 - April 12, Clipperton Transform Fault, East Pacific Rise

                            July 8 - 20, Endeavor Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge

                            September 18 - 30, Louisiana Slope, Gulf of Mexico

                            December 7 - 21, Clipperton Transform Fault, East Pacific Rise

 

1994:       July 1 - 15, Endeavor Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge

                            September 25 - October 5, Louisiana Slope, Gulf of Mexico (Chief Scientist)

                            November 6 - December 5, Clipperton Transform Fault, East Pacific Rise

 

1993:       June 23 - July 14, Louisiana Slope, Gulf of Mexico

 

1992:       March 23 - April 24, Clipperton Transform Fault, East Pacific Rise

                            May 22 - 27, Alaminos Canyon, Gulf of Mexico

                            August 9 - 22, Louisiana Slope, Gulf of Mexico

 

Professional Society Participation

 

International Society for Microbial Ecology

American Society  for Limnology and Oceanography

American Society  for Microbiology

Union of Concerned Scientists

 

Service to the field

 

American Society for Microbiology/Joint Genome Institute Functional Genomics Institute.  July 2010 and 2011.  Co-chaired a 4-day workshop to assist professors from colleges and universities worldwide in the implementation of functional genomics-related curriculum innovations.

American Society for Microbiology Spring Bioinformatics Institute.  Spring 2009 – present.  Co-chaired a 4-day workshop to assist professors selected from colleges and universities worldwide in the implementation of bioinformatics-related curriculum innovations.

Department of Energy-Joint Genome Institute Undergraduate Research Program in Microbial Genome Annotation.  Fall 2007 – present.  Pilot faculty collaborator for curriculum development and implementation.

University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System Deep Submergence Science Committee, member, Fall 2004-2008.

 

Proposal Review Participation

 

NSF IOS Proposal Reviewer, Spring 2009

NSF DEB Proposal Reviewer, Spring 2009

NSF IOS Proposal Reviewer, Fall 2008

NSF MIPS Proposal Reviewer, Spring 2008

NSF Genes and Genomes Proposal Reviewer, Spring 2007

USF Innovative Teaching Program, Spring 2006

USF Internal Awards Program, Fall 2005

NSF Marine Geology and Geophysics, Fall 2005

NOAA Undersea Research Program, Fall 2005

NSF Biological Oceanography, Spring 2005

NSF Microbial Observatories Proposal Reviewer, Fall 2004

NSF Systematics Proposal Reviewer, Fall 2003

 

Proposal Panel Review Membership

NSF MCB Fall 2010

DOE Biological Systems Research on the Role of Microbial Communities in Carbon Cycling, Spring 2010

NASA Exobiology Review Panel Member, Spring 2010

JGI/DOE Community Sequencing Program Panel Member, Spring 2007

NASA Exobiology Review Panel Member, November 2003

 

Manuscript Review Participation

Frontiers in Microbial Physiology and Metabolism, Associate Editor

 

Manuscript Review Participation (ad hoc)

 

Plos One

Geobiology

Environmental Microbiology

Limnology and Oceanography

Deep Sea Research

Journal of Bacteriology

Plant Physiology

Functional Plant Biology

Microbiology

 

Courses Taught

 

GLY 6739, Global Biogeochemistry, USF, Team-taught, Fall 2008 and 2009.

BSC 5931, Topics in Microbial Ecology, USF, Fall 2007 and 2008.

BSC 5931, Genomics, USF, Fall 2004–9.

BSC 4937, Global Climate Change:  Impacts on Marine Ecosystems, USF, Fall 2006.

MCB 4404, Microbial Physiology and Genetics, USF, Spring 2004-10.

MCB 4404L, Microbial Physiology and Genetics Lab, USF, Spring 2004-10.

BSC 6907, Coral Physiology, USF, Fall 2003.

Thesis Supervisor for Mary Mangiapia, Fall 2009-present.

Dissertation Supervisor for Rene Weisner, PhD student, Fall 2008-present.

Thesis Supervisor for Kristy Menning, MS student, Fall 2007-present.

Thesis Supervisor for Ishtiaque Quasem, MS student, Fall 2007-present.

Dissertation Supervisor for Amanda Boller, PhD student, Spring 2005-present.

Thesis Supervisor for Phaedra Thomas, MS student, Fall 2005-Summer 2008.

Dissertation Supervisor for Kim Dobrinski, PhD student, Fall 2004-Summer 2009.

Committee member (non-chair) for four USF Masters and seven PhD students, Fall 2003-present.

Mentor for twenty-one undergraduate researchers, USF, Fall 2003-present.

 

Mentor for four undergraduate researchers, Harvard University, Fall 1998 – Summer 2003.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA) and Guest Lecturer, Physiological Ecology, Pennsylvania State University (PSU), Spring 1998.

TA, Cells and Molecules, PSU, Spring 1997.

TA, Function and Development of Organisms, PSU, Fall 1996.

Mentor for two undergraduate researchers, PSU, Spring 1996 - Spring 1998.

 

Thesis Completion by My Research Group

 

“The citric acid cycle of Thiomicrospira crunogena:  An oddity amongst the Proteobacteria”. MS Thesis, Ishtiaque Quasem.  Successfully defended, Fall 2009.

 “Thiomicrospira crunogena:  A hydrothermal vent chemolithoautotroph with a carbon concentrating mechanism”.  PhD Thesis, Kimberly Dobrinski.  Successfully defended, Summer 2009.

“Isotope discrimination by form IC RubisCO enzymes”.  MS Thesis, Phaedra Thomas.  Successfully defended, Summer 2008.

 

Outreach Participation

 

USF Lunch with a Scholar Program, Winter 2009.  “Plants that Bleed and CO2 Vacuums:  The Counterintuitive world of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents”. 

Summer Project for a High School Student, Summer 2008.  Mentored Grace Vaziri on a two-week project to decipher chemotaxis by Thiomicrospira crunogena.

USF Summer Workshop on Genomics for High School Science Teachers.  Summer 2008 and 2009.  Chaired and presented a two-week summer workshop for Hillsborough School District high school biology teachers on molecular evolution and the use of public genetic databases in curriculum development.

Science Fair Project Advisor, Fall 2004, Spring 2006.  Mentored Hannah Rutherford with her 8th grade science fair project, “Got Thiomicrospira?  This bacterium can sniff and swim for nutrients under pressure”.

The Educational Cooperative Summer Institute at Dover Sherborne High School.  Summer 2001. Lectured on deep sea hydrothermal vents, and presented possible laboratory exercises, to high school teachers.

Eyes to the Future Program, Fall 1999-2001.  Scientist mentor for young women in middle and high school.

REVEL Program, Fall 1997.  Trained two high school teachers to be research assistants on a research cruise to the Juan de Fuca Ridge.