October 16-17, 2018 | Lincoln, Nebraska
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2018 NRIC speakers
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Eoin L. Brodie
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Microbial life in soil and deciphering the signatures of niche adaptation
Soil is an archetypal complex system, with physical and chemical heterogeneity co-evolving with biology to create abundant metabolic and physiological niches for soil microorganisms to survive and thrive. Recognizing the genetic complexity of soil microbiomes, there is a need to derive generalizable principles regarding the drivers of microbial functional diversity in soil and their interactions with microbial traits. Deriving these principles and approaches to evaluate them is a necessary step towards building predictive models of soil microbiome activity. In this presentation I will discuss several advances in illuminating microbial functional traits in soil and a framework to incorporate this new knowledge into mechanistic models of soil biogeochemistry.
Eoin Brodie obtained his Ph.D. from University College Dublin in Ireland and joined Berkeley Lab following postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley Lab he is Deputy Director of the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division. His research focuses on the feedbacks between microorganisms and their natural environments, with a primary focus on soil and subsurface systems scaling from microbial mechanisms to ecosystem scale processes.