IGN 8 - Integrating Microbial Silos to Enhance Ecosystem Services

Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
C124, Oregon Convention Center
Kirsten S. Hofmockel, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Elizabeth M. Bach, University of Illinois
Elizabeth M. Bach, University of Illinois
This session aims to ignite a discussion that will motivate an exchange of approaches and perspectives and stimulate new ideas and collaborations to improve ecosystem services in a changing world. Microbial-ecosystem ecology is a rapidly changing field due to the explosion of technological and analytical opportunities; this ignite session will feature significant scientific contributions that are advancing the field through empirical and modeling research. We know microorganisms are fundamental to biodiversity and material cycling, yet scaling this to ecosystem services remains challenging. Reconciling differences in relevant spatial and temporal dynamics to integrate microbial ecology into ecosystem understanding remains a key frontier across ecological domains. Biological mechanisms that influence biodiversity responses or biogeochemical reactions are often identified through reductionist approaches. Yet understanding how the underlying mechanisms work together to influence ecosystem level responses in a changing world remains a grand challenge. This ignite session will bring together scientists from the built environment, terrestrial, aquatic, empirical and modeling domains to explore how microbial interactions influence emergent ecosystem properties. Sharing research highlights will stimulate a deeper discussion on similarities, distinctions, and opportunities among domains to advance understanding of microbial function beyond system-specific silos.
 All bacteria are not born E. coli: Incorporating physiological measurements and genomic signatures of efficiency into soil carbon models
Grace Pold, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Seeta Sistla, Hampshire College; Emily Kyker-Snowman, University of New Hampshire; Kevin M. Geyer, University of New Hampshire; Shana Whitney, University of New Hampshire; Serita D. Frey, University of New Hampshire; A. Stuart Grandy, University of New Hampshire; Eric W. Morrison, University of New Hampshire; Kristen M. DeAngelis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
 Identifying active microbes in the built environment
Despoina Lymperopoulou, University of California Berkeley; Adams, Rachel Adams, University of California, Berkeley
 Relating fungal traits to ecosystem services
Kathleen K. Treseder, University of California, Irvine
 Do alternative stable states in the microbial landscape drive variation in ecosystem function?
Kabir G. Peay, Stanford University; Marie Duhamel, Stanford University; Joe Wan, Stanford University; Laura M. Bogar, Stanford University
 From chloroflexi to climate: Considering microbial services at regional-to-global scales
Will R. Wieder, University of Colorado; Daniel H. Buckley, Cornell University; A. Stuart Grandy, University of New Hampshire; Emily Kyker-Snowman, University of New Hampshire
 Microbial scaling laws predict ecosystem services
Kenneth J. Locey, Indiana University; Jay T. Lennon, Indiana University
 It’s time to get out of our microbial silos
Ariane L. Peralta, East Carolina University
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