Imperial College London

ProfessorThomasBell

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Professor of Microbial Ecology
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 2268thomas.bell

 
 
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Location

 

MunroSilwood Park

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Summary

 

Summary

Ecology of microbes

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My research looks at the ecology and evolution of microbial communities. Microbial communities are among the most complex, diverse, and poorly understood groups of organisms. My research combines laboratory-based experiments with field-based manipulations of naturally-occurring communities.

Areas of particular interest include:

  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in bacterial communities, including methods for developing and analyzing large-scale biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiments.
  • Spatial patterns in bacterial communities.
  • Predator-prey relationships among microbial groups, particularly the effect of protist predators on bacterial prey.

 

Research focus

Publications

Journals

Pascual Garcia A, Bell T, 2020, Community-level signatures of ecological succession in natural bacterial communities, Nature Communications, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-1723

Bell T, Pascual Garcia A, Bonhoeffer S, 2020, Metabolically cohesive microbial consortia and ecosystem functioning, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol:374, ISSN:0962-8436

Scheuerl T, Hopkins M, Nowell R, et al., 2020, Bacterial adaptation is constrained in complex communities, Nature Communications, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-1723

Smith T, Thomas TJH, Garcia-Carreras B, et al., 2019, Community-level respiration of prokaryotic microbes may rise with global warming, Nature Communications, Vol:10, ISSN:2041-1723

Vila JCC, Jones ML, Patel M, et al., 2019, Uncovering the rules of microbial community invasion, Nature Ecology and Evolution, Vol:3, ISSN:2397-334X, Pages:1162-1171

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