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.
et al., Bacterial adaptation is constrained in complex communities, Nature Communications, ISSN:2041-1723
et al., 2019, Community-level respiration of prokaryotic microbes may rise with global warming, Nature Communications, Vol:10, ISSN:2041-1723
et al., 2019, Uncovering the rules of microbial community invasion, Nature Ecology and Evolution, Vol:3, ISSN:2397-334X, Pages:1162-1171
Zhang F-G, Bell T, Zhang Q-G, 2019, Experimental testing of dispersal limitation in soil bacterial communities with a propagule addition approach, Microbial Ecology, Vol:77, ISSN:0095-3628, Pages:905-912
Bell T, 2019, Next-generation experiments linking community structure and ecosystem functioning., Environ Microbiol Rep, Vol:11, Pages:20-22